April 11, 2019 – Dobies Healthcare Group and Natural Grocers joined forces again yesterday for the third annual Apple a Day event at Cristo Rey Kansas City, a Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth High School. This year, the focus was on engaging the senior class in healthy food choices as they transition into adulthood. By creating healthy foods together with the seniors in small-group sessions, the Apple a Day presenters provided hands-on guidance, resources and recipes that will serve the students well in college and beyond.
The Apple a Day program, created by Dobies Healthcare Group, is available to pair corporate sponsors with schools to demonstrate to local students how easy it is to eat healthier. Inspired by the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” the program is designed to educate youth and their families on the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day, so they can begin to offset their risks for chronic diseases and obesity.
The Apple a Day event is part of Cristo Rey’s Health Day, when students take part in a variety of fun programs related to health, fitness, safety and wellness. Courtesy of Dobies Healthcare Group and Natural Grocers, each senior received a fresh, organic apple along with take-home tips, recipes and food suggestions. In addition, the seniors were encouraged to enter a prize contest by sharing photos of themselves eating the healthy foods on social media.
The seniors then prepared some easy, nutritious snacks with Brooke Seiz, Nutritional Health Coach at Natural Grocers. Seiz, a graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colo., is board certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and has additional training in functional medicine and counseling psychology.
“Social purpose is an important part of our company ethos,” said Julie Amor, president and chief strategy officer at Dobies Healthcare Group, adding that Apple a Day is one of three elements that comprise the firm’s GIVE-JOIN-CARE approach to corporate social engagement:
- GIVE: Dobies Healthcare Group donates one percent of its net revenue back to the local community each year, providing funds to causes that promote better health.
- JOIN: Dobies Healthcare Group, in partnership with Natural Grocers, inspires healthy choices and addresses childhood/adolescent obesity – one apple at a time (through the Apple a Day program).
- CARE: Dobies Healthcare Group employees regularly volunteer for causes and events that create healthy Kansas City communities.
“We love to engage in creating healthier communities and support a cause-driven culture – not only for ourselves, but for our clients as well,” Amor said. “There’s no better feeling than knowing we are making a difference in how people think about health.”
View more photos and details from the event on Facebook. Sample some delicious but nutritious foods for yourself by trying out the recipes below (click on an image to view the full recipe). Companies interested in sponsoring a school through the Apple a Day program can contact us online or call 816.753.3336 for more information.
About Dobies Healthcare Group
Since 1992, Dobies Healthcare Group has offered highly specialized expertise in healthcare marketing strategy, branding and creative communications. Our Kansas City-based company serves the marketing and branding needs of the entire healthcare industry, from hospitals, health systems and payers to medical device manufacturers, associations and certifying boards. Together, we combine strategic marketing with creative communications to create healthier brands.