Hy-Vee Supports Join the Journey with Event and Donation

The West Circle Drive Hy-Vee hosted a wine & cheese fundraising event to benefit Join the Journey on Thursday, August 10.  The event gathered 34 attendees and featured over 20 samples.

With the support of our local wine and cheese vendors who donated all products sampled during the event, Hy-Vee presented a donation of $500 to Join the Journey on Wednesday, August 16.  Alyssa Griffith, Operations Manager, accepted the check on behalf of Join the Journey.

Join the Journey is dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.  Join the Journey was founded in 2005. Effie Psimos and Patty Allen, breast cancer survivors, and close friend Margie Loprinzi, came together with the hope of raising awareness of breast cancer in Rochester, Minnesota.  Before long, Join the Journey had its first Ten-Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.  The community response was tremendous, and participation grows each year. In 2016, nearly 1,000 people participated!

Join the Journey has evolved into an established non-profit community organization, which supports programs and projects that uphold its mission of promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting individuals on their breast cancer journey.

Thank you to the following vendors who generously donated products for this event:

Carr Valley Cheese
Henning’s Wisconsin Cheese
Widmer’s Cheese Cellar
Hook’s Cheese
Caves of Faribault
Deer Creek Specialty Cheese
Artigiano Cheeses

Wine Merchants
Grape Beginnings
Laquercia
Grandma’s Gourmet’s

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“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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Melon Mania!

by Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD

On July 28, Hy-Vee Crossroads dietitian Kathy held melon sampling in the produce aisle.  A variety of melons were sampled along with a few fun facts about each melon:

Santa Claus melon

This melon is green and gold to bright yellow-striped and somewhat resembles a small watermelon. Inside is a mellow and mildly flavored flesh very similar to that of a honeydew. The ripest Santa Claus melon will have soft blossom ends that yield to gentle pressure and a vibrant yellow hue. Because of its thick skin, this melon does not release a tell-tale aroma when ripe.

This melon was named for its long-keeping qualities, i.e., “until Christmas.”

Hami melon

This melon is referred to as the Chinese Hami melon or the snow melon. The outer color is generally white through pink or yellow through green. The inside flesh is sweet and crisp and taste is similar to cantaloupe. It has sweet/crisp flesh and can be frozen for later use in desserts and the seeds can be roasted.

Canary melon

This melon has a sweet flavor that is slightly tangier than a honeydew melon. The flesh looks like that of a pear but is softer and tastes a little like a cantaloupe. When ripe, the rind has a slightly waxy feel.  It is an excellent source of fiber: 10 grams per ½ cup serving.  It pairs well with citrus or ginger flavors and it makes a good cold soup.

The name comes from its bright yellow color, which resembles that of the canary

Golden Dewlicious melon

This melon is a hybrid honeydew with crisp white flesh that is juicy, sweet and consists of 90% water. It’s indicator of ripeness is its faint aroma and slight opening at blossom end.

Traditional honeydew melons look the same whether they are ripe or not. Dewlicious melons gradually start to turn a golden yellow 8 to 10 days before maturity in the field. The change in color provides growers an indication of when to pick the melon at peak ripeness, taking out the guesswork for the grower as well as the consumer and providing a consistently delicious flavor experience.

Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD is your Rochester Hy-Vee South registered dietitian.  She grew up in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She completed her dietetic internship at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital) in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Kathy has worked in various areas of clinical nutrition, including at Mayo Clinic, and the majority of her career spent working in school nutrition.  In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. She is passionate about food and nutrition and helping people live a healthier and happier life! For more posts from Kathy, click HERE.

Hy-Vee Customers ‘Rose’ to the Occasion to Thank Military Families

July 12 through July 18, customers were invited to show their support for military families by donating a rose at checkout. Then, on July 23, a team of helpful smiles from the 37th Street Hy-Vee presented these flowers to the military families who attended the Operation Welcome Home retreat at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. 

The idea for this campaign came from Marthamae Kottschade, Hy-Vee’s floral manager at the 37th Street store.  As a mother of two Marine sons, she understands firsthand the sacrifices these military families make.

Tracy Bashore, director of operations, welcomed the attendees to the chapel on Sunday morning then handed the microphone to Marthamae, who announced the success of the campaign and surprised the crowd with 1,680 roses.  The families were called up one by one, and Marthamae presented each of the 70 attendees with a bouquet of two dozen beautiful roses, a warm hug and a sincere thank-you.

Operation Welcome Home is a series of faith-based weekends at the Miracle Lodge to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to active military, veterans and their families. The retreat is free for all attending.  All funding is provided by donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals.  Since 2008, approximately 7000 families have participated in the retreat.

Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is a Christian Camp and Conference/Retreat Center located in southern Minnesota serving over 24,000 people per year, specializing in programs for youth, physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and military.  Their mission is to engage people, regardless of life experience, and teach them the joy of living out their God-given purpose, through the love of Christ.

A grand total of 3,000 roses were donated during that week in July, so there are 1,320 remaining roses to be presented to the families who attend the upcoming Operation Welcome Home retreat in October.   

We are so thankful for the generosity of Hy-Vee customers who made this happen!

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Health & Resource Fair

by Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD

Hy-Vee dietitian Kathy Hamlin attended the Health and Resource Fair hosted by Elder Care at the Church of the Resurrection on Thursday, July 20.    

A display table held a basket of healthy fruits and vegetables and a few favorite whole grains and no-salt seasonings along with recipes and handouts on Healthy Meals: Cooking for 1 or 2, Heart-Friendly Foods and Low-Sodium Diets. 

For more information about dietitian services, reach out to Kathy Hamlin at khamlin@hy-vee.com or visit the dietitian services page.

Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD is your Rochester Hy-Vee South registered dietitian.  She grew up in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She completed her dietetic internship at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital) in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Kathy has worked in various areas of clinical nutrition, including at Mayo Clinic, and the majority of her career spent working in school nutrition.  In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. She is passionate about food and nutrition and helping people live a healthier and happier life! For more posts from Kathy, click HERE.