It took until I was in my 30s for me to start taking vitamins on any sort of regular basis. I would consider my daily nutrition to be above average and the vitamins are really just an added bit of minerals and nutrients. Never had I considered how vitamins might be something that could save lives in countries where access to food is limited until I learned about Vitamin Angels. It is an organization that is helping to make sure that children get the boost they need by providing crucial vitamins and supplements! For the entire month of July, Whole Foods Market is teaming up with Vitamin Angels to donate a percentage of sales of vitamins and supplements in order to help keep kids (and their moms) healthy.
About Vitamin Angels
Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, one third of all childhood deaths are attributable to malnutrition. Together, we can change that. An estimated 190 million children under five suffer from vitamin A deficiency, a major underlying cause of child mortality. With your help, we can reduce under-five child mortality by about 24% in at-risk populations. Multivitamins reduce the effects of malnutrition in children under five, increasing their potential for educational and economic achievements. Every $1 spent on micronutrient supplementation creates $17 in benefits, making vitamins an incredibly cost-effective way to impact global health and prosperity.
Buy your own vitamins and help buy vitamins for the children
Throughout the month of July, Whole Foods is partnering with Vitamin Angels (for the fourth year in a row) to donate vitamins to the at-risk populations who need them most. Pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five will benefit from this work. Whole Foods will donate 25 cents from every purchase of WFM or 365 Everyday Value supplements. And here’s the kicker: for every 25 cents that is donated, an at-risk child gets vitamins for an entire year. Vitamin Angels hopes to reach 30 million children with Vitamin A and your participation can make a difference to at least one child right now.
Select products from brands like Amazing Grass, Garden of Life, Jarrow Formulas, Reserveage, Nordic Naturals and Source Naturals will also be donating a portion of their sales to Vitamin Angels. By powering your own health with these amazing products, you can ensure the basic health of those who need the protection that vitamins provide.
I’m a huge fan of the 365 Everyday Value Women’s Multivitamin as well as the 365 Everyday Value Flax Seed Oil supplement that can be found in the refrigerated area of the supplements section of your local Whole Foods Market. With a gift card provided by Whole Foods for this post, I purchased my usual vitamins and flax seed oil, but also tried a couple Reserveage CocoaWell dark chocolate bars with supplements. That’s right, a chocolate bar with healthy stuff! They’ve been a great recovery snack for after my runs, but the sweetest part of all was knowing that I helped mothers and children with my purchase. I will definitely be returning for more before the month is over.
You can help Vitamin Angels help at-risk populations, too! Enter to win a $25 Whole Foods Gift Card.
Thanks to Whole Foods for providing gift cards for sample and giveaway purposes. Image credit: Vitamin Angels & Whole Foods Market.