We are very excited to announce that Ruler Foods has partnered with us and joined our Healthy Happens Here program! As many of you know, Healthy Happens Here is a program geared to our Allen County small stores and focuses on highlighting healthy options that are offered. Customers at Ruler Foods will now see signage throughout the store promoting the better for you options to make shopping healthy a little bit easier. For example, as customers go through the aisles at Ruler, they will see the Healthy Happens Here logo near the price tag for whole grains, low sodium canned goods, brown rice, beans, and other designated foods. This logo and tag signifies that the item is “Activate Approved” and assists customers in making healthier choices while they shop. Both Ruler Foods store locations in Allen County will be joining the program and the same signage will be displayed in each store. Ruler Foods is already committed to selling healthy options and additional signage will only enhance what is currently in place at the stores. In addition to new signage, both locations will also have a recipe and educational material display rack provided as a part of their partnership with Activate Allen County. This display will feature healthy, budget friendly recipes as well as educational materials that customers can pick up at no charge while shopping. Having recipes available will hopefully allow customers to try some new foods that they have never cooked before and provide some meal ideas that are simple and convenient for our on the go families.
Mark Baker, Ruler Foods’ Director of Sales, has this to say about partnering with Activate Allen County and the overall goal of Ruler Foods: “Our everyday low prices allow us to provide healthy options to even the most budget conscious grocery shopper. Each of our Lima area stores carry a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and organic items (including our Simple Truth organic line of products) that make eating healthy simple and affordable. Ruler Foods is excited to partner with Activate Allen County and we look forward to helping them make the “Healthy Happens Here” program a success throughout the community.”
To kick off this partnership, we are inviting the community to the W. Elm Street Ruler Foods location on Friday, April 7, from 1-3 pm. Come out and explore the store with the new signage in place, have a healthy snack, listen to live music from partner iHeartRadio and visit community partners tables. Community partners planning to be in attendance include: Bluffton Nutrition and Dietetics Students, the Lima Family YMCA, Allen County WIC and Lima/Allen County SNAP Educators. Also, through our partnership with St. Rita’s Health Partners, you will be able to have your blood pressure checked and a body fat analysis machine will be available on site as part of a wellness screening. Have questions about general health and nutrition? A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist will be there to answer questions and provide free materials to community members. This event is FREE and open to all community residents. By coming, you will be eligible for our raffle prizes and giveaways provided by our community partners. We hope you are able to join us for this great event- to see the new signage at Ruler Foods and to gain valuable information about health and wellness. If you have any questions about this event, please call the Activate Allen County office at 419-221-5035.