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Whole Body and Vitamin Angels

By Chris Jensen, November 11, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen
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.




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.
11/21/2010 10:29:59 AM CST
Natalie Chiriboga says ...
Great food, great beauty products, great vitamins AND AMAZING social impact! Thanks, Whole Foods!
11/19/2010 11:47:48 PM CST
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
11/26/2010 12:11:15 PM CST
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!
11/18/2010 5:38:25 PM CST
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.
11/18/2010 9:47:09 PM CST
Debbie says ...
always bringing our attention to how we can help others...thank you WF!!
11/18/2010 12:29:26 PM CST
caroline says ...
i love this idea thanks so much for helping growing children!
11/18/2010 12:18:15 PM CST
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 :)
11/18/2010 9:37:11 AM CST
Cara Hathaway says ...
Thank you for supporting such a great program for those in need!
11/18/2010 6:40:56 AM CST
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
11/18/2010 5:09:34 AM CST
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!
11/17/2010 11:13:19 PM CST
Nan says ...
What a wonderful idea for a great cause! It's a win-win situation.
11/17/2010 11:16:11 PM CST
Jess says ...
Wonderful! Love this and thanks for the information!
11/18/2010 12:12:10 AM CST
Jenny says ...
This is an amazing program...good luck and thank you!
11/18/2010 7:47:36 AM CST
Elizabeth says ...
What a great program! Way to go, Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels.
11/17/2010 5:56:26 PM CST
MB Mank says ...
Anything to help kids get necessary nutrition is a good thing. Good luck!
11/17/2010 2:51:54 PM CST
Shayna says ...
This I awesome wish I could leave 1,000 comments
11/17/2010 2:44:04 PM CST
Heather C says ...
Great cause, thanks Whole Foods!
11/17/2010 2:46:14 PM CST
Donna says ...
It's amazing what a little faith can do. I'm inspired! Great program.
11/17/2010 2:39:45 PM CST
renie wanninger says ...
Way to represent Susan woo-hoo!
11/17/2010 2:37:48 PM CST
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.
11/17/2010 2:34:15 PM CST
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 !
11/17/2010 2:35:07 PM CST
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.
11/17/2010 10:47:01 AM CST
Katheryn says ...
Thank you
11/17/2010 10:47:21 AM CST
Coach Rollie says ...
Great program. Good luck!
11/17/2010 11:03:38 AM CST