SNP to take seafood health outreach cross country

Published on
May 19, 2015

Eight cities across the United States will soon know more about the critical health and nutritional benefits of seafood, thanks to the Seafood Nutritional Partnership (SNP).

The educational nonprofit has decided to take its public health outreach campaign on the road following successful pilot programs in both Memphis, Tenn., and Indianapolis, Ind., back in October 2014. As was the case during these pilot phases, SNP will partner with a coalition of local stakeholders – including chefs, community leaders, public officials and health professionals – within the designated metropolises to inform citizens on a broad scale about what eating seafood does for wellness.

“Our Memphis and Indianapolis programs built awareness and educated citizens in both cities about the health benefits of eating seafood. We are scaling our efforts to eight cities because the demand for information and education is very high. Our mission is to help Americans gain the skills and knowledge to buy, cook, and eat seafood as part of a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” said Linda Cornish, executive director of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

SNP has scheduled the campaign’s national launch for October 2015, National Seafood Month. At kick-off, all eight cities will host cooking demonstrations, restaurant events and free health screenings for omega-3 fatty acid levels. Citizens in the areas will be treated to educational health literature and recipes, and will be called upon to take the Healthy Heart Pledge, which requires its pledgers to consume at least two servings of seafood each week as is recommended by USDA Dietary Guidelines.

The eight cities that have vowed to participate in the pending SNP campaign are: Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, W.V.; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Toledo, Ohio.

The campaign announcement comes on the heels of new research which found that most American adults cannot identify proper sources of omega-3s, even following a heart health scare.

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