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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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Comments

Autumn says …

Peace

Tina Smith says …

Thank you so much for (once again) leading the way by showing what this holiday is really all about- giving thanks and helping those who aren't as fortunate as we may be! Malnutrition is so unnecessary in such an abundant world. We can all make a difference. Thanks again.

Karen says …

Vitamins to children = Love.

LRH says …

+ $1 to a good cause.

Rich Carroll says …

Good work Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels! What a great program.

barbara burns says …

Great idea--and a lot more constructive than any government child nutrition program.

Liz says …

Thanks for doing this. It is wonderful!

Rosemary Son says …

I know vitamin A deficiency is a major cause of blindness in the developing world. It's good that somebody helping ameliorate this problem.

Lynn says …

really crucial program to give kids a head start. thanks for supporting this program

Mercy says …

This is wonderful! Keep up the fabulous work whole foods!!

Tina says …

This sounds like a great program! Keep up the good work.

Shawna says …

:)

Meroko says …

What a wonderful idea and a great thing to be participating in!

Mikki says …

Keep it up Whole Foods.

Brooke Reynolds says …

Amazing. I am greatful to have the chance to help under-nourished children!

Lisa Chernow says …

This is a wonderful project. Whole Foods is a great corporate citizen.

Keri says …

This is wonderful! I really appreciate how so many companies now are working not just for a profit but to make a positive change in the world.

Pat says …

God bless you!

Denise says …

This is a wonderful Idea

kathleen says …

I was without a job for a long time and now, even though I'm finally...thankfully...working, I still can't afford basic health insurance for my kids and myself. Vitamins have been so important to us in keeping healthy. I'm glad this program can help others do the same. Cheers to Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels.

Nancy Stricker says …

This is a great program. Since our soil is depleted of vitamins and minerals we need the addition of these via supplements.

Jennifer Healthy Life Deals says …

Amazing Cause from an Amazing group!! I will post about it and send more people your way!

Lyndi says …

What a great organization! As a mother myself, I know it must be heartbreaking to not be able to provide your child with essential nutrition. Thank you for helping the mothers AND the children :)

laura says …

fantastic! thank you!

Michelle says …

Great!

Marcie says …

This is awesome!

Gina says …

More than anyone else, growing children need essential vitamins and nutrients for a healthful future. And when these don't come naturally from a well-balanced diet, they need supplements. Vitamin Angels provide children who would otherwise not have a healthful future get the necessary nutrients their growing bodies need. Thank you Whole Foods & Vitamin Angels!

Rachel says …

I am so encouraged by companies that put people before profit.

Haleigh says …

Great program!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Ida says …

I have been supporting Vitamin Angels for the past three years and am thrilled to see Whole Foods so actively involved with this amazing organization. I will be looking for VA related products. Thanks!

Barb says …

What a wonderful and simple idea.

Angie says …

Great cause, great idea :) Thanks for making it so easy to help out!

Erica says …

Another $1.00 to a great cause!

Gail says …

This is such a great cause!

Amanda Swan says …

This is one of the many, many reasons I love working for Whole Foods Market! Keep up the amazing work!

Claire says …

I'm really glad that we are tackling the unspoken problems in other places in the world...every little effort counts

Elaine Chambers says …

Awesome program..thanks for sharing the good!

Amy Benet says …

What a fabulous cause! Vitamins are so much less expensive than treating the problems caused by the lack of vitamins. I only wish I knew about Vitamin Angels earlier.

Tegra says …

What a phenomenal program! Thank you for your dedication to a community outside yourselves and for elevating the world around you to greatness!

Anne says …

Great program, Thanks!

Katarina says …

What a great program, I am so happy to hear that Whole Foods is participating in such a wonderful way to give back :)

Celia says …

This is a wonderful idea! Vitamins and other supplements do enhance wellbeing. This autumn I've been taking SAM-e for seasonal affective disorder. It works! Both my daughters and I are hooked!

Annette Metcalf says …

Beautiful idea. No wonder I love your stores and your attitudes so much!

Jim Bailey says …

Great idea! Keep up the good work.

Brooke Manson says …

What a great idea thank you so much!

Emily says …

This is an amazing program. Thank you Whole Foods for supporting it and for also letting us play a small role.

Jason Keefer says …

Great segment on Good Day LA! Loved the video integration and the vitamin samples!

Susan P says …

It's great that you are doing this! I hope you do it again so that you can get more comments.

Amber Thibodeau says …

What an amazing program! Are we up to 5,000 comments yet? :-)

Bepkom says …

Amber, unfortunately not yet. We're only at approximately 1,500 comments. Please help spread the word.....we'll be compiling the comments for the next several days so there's still a little time! THANKS!

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