About the 5 A Day National Excellence Awards

The Produce for Better Health Foundation is pleased to offer the 5 A Day National Excellence Awards to recognize employee education and participation in, as well as organizational support of the national 5 A Day program.  These awards celebrate the highest standard of corporate and personal commitment to eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day to maintain good health and fitness.  This program is meant as a call to action to foster positive steps toward a diet higher in fruits and vegetables.

Objectives

The objectives of the 5 A Day National Excellence Awards are to increase organization/ employee:

Awareness of the health and nutrition benefits of eating fruits and vegetables

Understanding of the variety of fruits and vegetables and 100% juices available

Consumption of fruits and vegetables through workplace support and incentives

Activities in the workplace that support a series of short-term practices to ensure long-term gains and diet-related behavior change

 Brag Book

Organizations and companies participating in the 5 A Day National Excellence Awards will need to compile a three-ring notebook that demonstrates and documents their 5 A Day activities.

 Judging

A panel of judges will award recipients in two possible areas of excellence:

1) Corporate Contributions and Support Initiatives

2) Employee Education and Participation

The 5 A Day National Excellence Awards includes a total of ten awards.  One Diamond Crystal Award is awarded to the company that has the best overall achievement in both areas of excellence listed above.  Judges will also award nine Gold Series Awards.  They will give awards to three winning companies for Corporate Contributions and Support Initiatives and will give awards to six companies for Employee Education and Participation.  In the latter category, three awards will go to companies affiliated with the produce industry and three awards will go to companies that are not affiliated with the produce industry.

The Produce for Better Health Foundation will recognize the award recipients at a special luncheon at the Foundation's annual spring board meeting in Monterey, California.  Award recipients will be recognized through Produce for Better Health Foundation communications, including the annual report, newsletter, e-mail, website, year-round communications and activities, news releases for trade and company publications, and appropriate public media.

The Produce for Better Health Foundation's 5 A Day National Excellence Awards are made possible by SUPERVALU, ST. Paul, Minnesota, Western Growers Insurance Services, Irvine, California and Zeneca Ag Products, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware.

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