HealthCorps Teams with Toufayan Bakeries
Ridgefield, New Jersey – Toufayan Bakeries, one of the largest family-run bakeries in the U.S., today announced they are partnering with HealthCorps, a 501(C) 3 founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to teach kids about the benefits of proper nutrition, exercise and mental resiliency. Toufayan and other better for you lunch options will be featured in multiple HealthCorps in-school and community activities.
“We whole-heartedly support HealthCorps’ mission to shape a newer, healthier generation,” said Karen Toufayan, VP Sales and Marketing at Toufayan. “We are honored to be part of their program and very excited to help kids find delicious ways to power their bodies with food. As a family business, helping families find nutritious, delicious ways to enjoy food together, at home and on the go is an inspiration to us every day.”
HealthCorps embeds recent college graduates in high-need high schools across the country to educate students in health and wellness. HealthCorps will feature Toufayan at several of its programs, including its Teen Battle Chef competitions, its annual Gala and organization’s two flagship “Highway to Health” health festivals in New York and Sacramento.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to partner with this family owned business,” said HealthCorps president Michelle Bouchard. “We look forward to sharing their “better for you” lunch options with our students through our various programs.”
Toufayan is the maker of over 100 varieties of baked goods including pita, wraps, bagels and flatbreads. A family business that prides itself on meeting the needs of other families across the country, Toufayan offers many whole grain, gluten free, and “smart” options that moms, dads and kids can all enjoy. Toufayan products can be found in the deli and bread aisles at supermarkets nationwide.
Since 1926, families have been relyin’ on the fresh taste of Toufayan. Toufayan is one of the largest privately held specialty bread bakeries in the US. Making the best bread has always been a passion for the Toufayan family. For almost 90 years, the Toufayans have been filling lunch boxes, toasters, and tummies with fresh lines of pitas, flatbreads, bagels, wraps, lavash, and breadsticks. Based in Ridgefield, N.J. with bakeries in Orlando and Plant City, Florida, the third generation of Toufayans oversees the entire process from ingredient sourcing and production to distribution. While trends come and go, high quality, fresh and authentic products are always in demand. The Toufayan family is committed to quality you can taste. Find Toufayan at www.toufayan.com and www.facebook.com/toufayan.
HealthCorps® is a 501 (C) 3 co-founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning Dr. Mehmet oz and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.
HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 62 schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. Through HealthCorps University and the Coordinator program, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools by 2015.