Fighting Diabetes With Diet and Whole Foods Market

This year The Van House Foundation has partnered with Whole Foods in order to better educate our community’s younger generation about diabetes as well as diet and its importance to leading a healthy life. By partnering Whole Foods for the 2013-14 season, they can speak to 25-40 year olds about the importance of a healthy diet and how it can affect the quality of life for someone who has diabetes.

This disease directly impacts the quality of life of the person living with it as well as their family and close friends. Special considerations have to be taken into account for the types of food that can be eaten and in what amounts. With the addition of Whole Foods as the education partner, we will be able to offer a comprehensive learning experience for the younger generation, they will be exposed to the company’s nutritional guidance and suggested diets.

“One of our Whole Foods Market core values is to promote the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education,” said Renee Mahon, who works in marketing and community relations for Whole Foods Market. “We help educate our shoppers to eat well by choosing a variety of whole, natural, organic, unprocessed foods and emphasizing plant-based foods. We are excited to work in conjunction with The Van House Foundation to bring this education to those living with diabetes and those working towards prevention.”

For someone that is living with diabetes, making decisions about the types of meals to prepare can be a challenge, especially if they know little about the disease. Therefore, understanding the different types of diabetes and how different foods can affect the body is a necessary step in educating our target.

By bringing on Whole Foods as the education partner, we will be able to offer nutritional expertise to both those suffering from diabetes and those who want to learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

About Whole Foods Market
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 73,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of $11.7 billion and currently has more than 340 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

About The Van House Foundation
The Van House Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Earl Van House II. The goal of the foundation is to assist other non-profits by finding creative ways to get their message out to a younger generation, typically 25-40 year olds. By partnering with various associations and foundations, The Van House Foundation helps bring awareness to each cause by finding new and innovative ways to make learning exciting.

The Van House Foundation will hold their large education event in the spring of 2014 to promote and educate the younger demographic about diabetes. For more information or to make a donation please visit

Rick Van House
The Van House Foundation
422 W 11 Mile
Royal Oak, MI 48067
ph. 248.632.1171

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