21.7.2004: Meldung: Wild Oats Markets Donation

In conjunction with the new Mason store opening, Wild Oats Markets, Inc. a leading national natural and organic foods retailer, today announced it will donate $10,000 to STEP UP with Discover Health! to fund a nutrition and pedometer program for seventh graders in the Mason and Kings school districts. The new Mason store is located at 5805 Deerfield Blvd., in the Deerfield Towne Center in Mason and will open on Wednesday, July 21 at 8:45 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"We believe that if children understand how their bodies work and how to take care of them, they will lead healthier, happier, more productive lives," said Sue Weinstein, M.D., Executive Director of Discover Health!. "We are so pleased with Wild Oats"" generous donation because it will help improve the healthy lifestyles of children in the Tri-state area."

As part of the Company""s mission to promote health and well-being among customers, employees, local communities and the environment, Wild Oats is providing funding for STEP UP with Discover Health! that will help teachers incorporate nutrition and the use of pedometers into the school day.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with a community organization that is dedicated to promoting quality health education to the children of the Greater Cincinnati area," said Perry Odak, President and CEO of Wild Oats Markets. "Wild Oats Markets is known for its community involvement, and we look forward to many more partnerships to support Cincinnati and its neighboring communities."

Mason Store Director Juan Siso will open the store to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The opening day festivities will continue with storewide samples and the kickoff of a grocery giveaway in which 500 randomly selected customers will win a bag of pre-selected groceries over the first five weeks the store is open.

July 24th Block Party

The July 21 grand opening celebration will kick-off several weeks of storewide samples, community support programs and various health-related store events, including a block party on Saturday, July 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The block party will feature a kid""s health event that will include a free barbeque, face painting, rock wall, petting zoo, the Discover Health! van and fire truck with safety tips for children.

The Wild Oats Natural Marketplace is a full-service specialty food store that features the highest quality natural, organic and gourmet food, dietary supplements, chemical-free household and body care products available. The company""s charitable giving programs include several 5% Days each year, whereby five percent of the store""s total sales for the day are donated to a local nonprofit group. The first 5% Day for the new Wild Oats store will be held on Monday, August 2, 2004 and will provide funds for Discover Health!. Additionally, to encourage recycling and reusing grocery bags, customers who bring their own bags to the store receive either a 5-cent refund or a Wooden Nickel for each bag, which is then donated to one of three local nonprofit groups.

About Discover Health!

Discover Health! is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles among Tri-state children and adults. Discover Health! empowers people to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors by providing knowledge through state-of-the-art interactive programming.

About Wild Oats

Wild Oats Markets, Inc. is a nationwide chain of natural and organic foods markets in the U.S. and Canada. With annual sales of nearly $970 million, the Company operates 105 natural foods stores in 24 states and British Columbia, Canada. The Company""s markets include: Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Henry""s Marketplace, Sun Harvest and Capers Community Markets. For more information, please visit the Company""s website at http://www.wildoats.com/.

Wild Oats Markets, Inc.
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