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Whole Body and Vitamin Angels

Join one of our very own Whole Body team members for an insightful interview about the positive impact of Vitamin Angels not only on children’s health, but also in the hearts of our team members, customers and supplier partners. Susan Oelker is the Southwest Regional Supplement Buyer and has worked for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, where her passion for the best supplements and body care products is matched only by her enthusiasm for supporting suppliers who give back to the global community. Your next vitamin purchase can make a difference for under-nourished children. Find out how and tell us what you think. We'll donate $1 to Vitamin Angels for each of the first 5,000 comments posted on one of our Vitamin Angels blog posts by November 30, 2010.

Learn more about Vitamin Angels in our previous Viva Vitamin Angels podcast. Podcast Notes: Expert: Susan Oelker Whole Foods Market team member, Susan Oelker was introduced to the work of Vitamin Angels 4 years ago:
  • Vitamin Angels provides team members with an easy way to help others and fulfill their desire to create positive change through their work at Whole Foods Market.
The Vitamin Angels and Whole Foods Market partnership is special to all stakeholders:
  • Finding a way to impact malnourishment can sometimes seem overwhelming, but when team members connect that all they have to do is show guests products on our shelves that donate to Vitamin Angels, it is really impactful to that team member and customer.
  • Not only is it a great product for the guest, it also doesn’t cost them anything additional to help these children.
Whole Body has a unique opportunity to directly impact the lives of children, customers and team members through its relationship with Vitamin Angels:
  • Whole Body carries the best supplements available and it’s these same nutrients that customers buy for themselves that Vitamin Angels is delivering to children in need.
  • The dedication of Howard Schiffer and his team at Vitamin Angels to this global mission shows when they come out to educate team members about how we can all work together to reach these children.
Vitamin Angels gives everyone a way to make an impact:
  • Team members in Whole Body and throughout the store are given an opportunity to share with guests that even the most basic choice of which vitamin they choose that day can support a child in need.
  • It doesn’t cost any more money or any more time to make positive change happen.
  • Every day, team members and customers can do this and all they need is the awareness that they can make a difference.

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Julie says …

What a fantastic program to impact the preventive care and natural immunity of these children instead of only treating their sickness. I will definately look for products that support the Vitamin Angels program.

Natalie Chiriboga says …

Great food, great beauty products, great vitamins AND AMAZING social impact! Thanks, Whole Foods!

Del Andreini says …

This is why I love shoping at Whole Foods. To use a popular quote "You're in it to Win it." Vitamin Angels is a wonderful idea and so is the Whole Foods Family. Time to go shopping at Whole Foods Del

annette says …

I think one of the greatest things about Whole Foods Market is the way that they connect simple ideas and make big a big difference in the world. I love this program! Kudos on another great effort!

nina says …

This was the first I had heard of Vitamin Angels (via Whole Foods) and am pleased to see what it's doing to help children around the world have better health. It also reinforces my desire to shop at Whole Foods even more. The world is a better place when all of us desire to help the less fortunate, whether we are individuals or corporations with bigger budgets.

Debbie says …

always bringing our attention to how we can help others...thank you WF!!

caroline says …

i love this idea thanks so much for helping growing children!

DF says …

Thank you for working on this issue, we need more initiatives to help one another, there are A LOT of people that want to help good causes :)

Cara Hathaway says …

Thank you for supporting such a great program for those in need!

AW says …

I pray that the children continue to be blessed with this wonderful program. I would also like to thank the whole food team members this is wonderful. Peace and Blessings

Rochelle says …

I love seeing programs like this. If we can't feed them ourselves, at least we can help with vitamins. Thanks, Whole Foods, for supporting this!

Nan says …

What a wonderful idea for a great cause! It's a win-win situation.

Jess says …

Wonderful! Love this and thanks for the information!

Jenny says …

This is an amazing program...good luck and thank you!

Elizabeth says …

What a great program! Way to go, Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels.

MB Mank says …

Anything to help kids get necessary nutrition is a good thing. Good luck!

Shayna says …

This I awesome wish I could leave 1,000 comments

Heather C says …

Great cause, thanks Whole Foods!

Donna says …

It's amazing what a little faith can do. I'm inspired! Great program.

renie wanninger says …

Way to represent Susan woo-hoo!

Carmen Roa says …

This is a great idea, making vitamins available to kids who truly need them. I'm grateful to have trusted sources of vitamins available through WF.

Julie Cowart says …

This is a wonderful thing you are a part of and glad I can help in a small way too. All kids should have the opportunity to be healthy !

BDW says …

This is an amazing program and it only takes a minute to make a donation. Everyone should do it. Congratulations on your services to the community.

Katheryn says …

Thank you

Coach Rollie says …

Great program. Good luck!

Victoria says …

Love WholeFoods / Whole Body and Vitamin Angels. Keep our children healthy! ~ Victoria

ShaunD says …

This is great! Do Something people and get the word out! By the way, Whole Foods should be in every major community!

Christina says …

Wonderful program!

Sara tyler says …

Awesome! Vitamin angels God bless you~

Lauren Dewitt says …

Please support this vital program. Thank you!

Zaina says …

I think it is awesome that you guys are supporting this cause!!

Missy says …

Thanks for doing this! My knee was telling me just today that I needed some more Glucosamine.

Lorena says …

Everyday we make an impact on the World, participating in the well-being of people in need will change our future! Let's all contribute to this amazing cause and be a part of the change.

Cone 10 Ceramic Studio 2309 Thornton RD says …

Let's get those vitamins out there where they will do some GOOD. Let the Vitamin Angels FLY!

lisa gargas says …

This is a beautiful program-keep doing the good work WFM! Thanks for sharing Ms. Oelker:)

Danielle Sholly says …

Vitamin Angels Rocks!!!

Julie says …

Thanks for the opportunity to support such a great program!! Way to go, Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels!!

Amy Quinette says …

Go Vitamin Angels! Wooo!

Laura H. says …

Saluting the leadership for a great cause!

Kevin says …

This much needed program demonstrates just how simple it can be to make a positive impact in the World. Way to go!

Brent says …

Yeah Whole Foods! Thank you for supporting such a great cause!!!

judy says …

I love your commitment to helping people get healthy. Thanks I am sending your site to everyone I know.

Rhian says …

This is wonderful. I wish more people understand the importance of vitamins.

Erin says …

This is such a great cause!

Robby Bardwell says …

This is So Awesome! What a great way to use your buying power in a positive way!

tanya says …

Yay!

kori stephens says …

thank you vitamin angels!

Eric B says …

When I think of the phrase "let there be light" I think of this. It just fits.

Jennifer Welch N.D. says …

Luke 18:16 But Jesus called them [ the parents] to Him, saying, Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for to such [as these] belongs the kingdom of God. Thank you Vitamin Angels. Children are what make the world go round....And Whole Foods is a very special company too!

Ann says …

Please supply more healthy raw foods in your stores. Many if not most participate in sustainable,organic, fair traded, and humane practices.

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