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Vitamin Angels & Whole Foods Market – Helping “at risk” people around the globe (giveaway ends 7/20/12)

 

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It’s hard to think about not getting enough essential vitamins and minerals if you eat a well balanced meals every day. Some people do require supplements, but for the most part if you eat the recommended foods and amount each day you should be OK when it comes to the vital nutrients your body needs. In impoverished countries around the world making sure they get enough important vitamins and minerals takes a back seat to simply getting a meal.

One very important vitamin is lacking in many diets around the world. That vitamin is Vitamin A.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO);

Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections. In pregnant women VAD causes night blindness and may increase the risk of maternal mortality.

Vitamin A deficiency is a public health problem in more than half of all countries, especially in Africa and South-East Asia, hitting hardest young children and pregnant women in low-income countries.

For children, lack of vitamin A causes severe visual impairment and blindness, and significantly increases the risk of severe illness, and even death, from such common childhood infections as diarrhoeal disease and measles.

An estimated 250 000 to 500 000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight.

This information is very frightening. To this that one deficiency can cause so many health issues – including blindness and death.

There is an organization called Vitamin Angels who helps to donate vitamins to at-risk populations who need it the most around the world. They especially target pregnant women, new mothers and children under five.

Here is some “food for thought” – It only takes .25 cents to provide enough Vitamin A for an as-risk child for an ENTIRE YEAR. If people would give up just one specialty drink (average $4) and donate that $4 to Vitamin Angels, they could provide Vitamin A to 16 people for an entire year.

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This year Whole Foods Market has partnered up with Vitamin Angels for a fourth year in a row to help donate Vitamin A to at risk populations.

This year, when you purchase any Whole Foods Market brand or 365 Everyday Value supplements in stores, Whole Foods Market will donate .25 to Vitamin Angels.

In addition to the Whole Foods Market and 365 Everyday Value supplements, other brands like Amazing Grass, Garden of Life, Jarrow Formulas, Reserveage, Nordic Naturals and Source Naturals are also donating a portion of their sales to Vitamin Angels.

Even just one simple purchase of any of these brands can positively affect both your family and communities across the globe!

Some products you might want to consider are Cocoa Well from Reserveage. It’s a fair trade dark chocolate that has Omega-3 in it.

Another one you might want to check out are the meals from Amazing Grass Amazing Meals including Chocolate Infusion, Original and Vanilla Chai Infusion.

To learn more about Vitamin Angels please visit www.VitaminAngels.org. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

To find a Whole Foods Market near you please visit www.WholeFoodsMarket.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Whole Foods Market would like to give a lucky reader a $25.00 Whole Foods Market gift card. Hopefully the winner uses it to buy one the participating brands to help out Vitamin Angels.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on July 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on what kinds of supplements you take – or – why you want to win this prize?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a few products samples free in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly works with school aged children doing before/after school care. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. I take a multivitamin and fish oil

  2. Cynthia R says:

    take calcium and vitamin C

  3. Maureen says:

    I take all sorts of minerals and supplements. Especially from Whole Foods I by the magnesium glycinate

  4. Courtney says:

    I take fish oil!

  5. I take vitamins B and iron

  6. I take ginger $ vitamin D
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  7. I take a multivitamin and vitamin C!

  8. Thomas Murphy says:

    I want to win this because I love shopping at whole foods.

  9. Sherrie C. says:

    I don’t take supplements but I would like a chance to win because I love Whole Foods. They carry quality items and food and I really enjoy shopping there.

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  10. Katie K says:

    I take b12, garcinia cambogia, daily vitamin, and calcium supplemnets

  11. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I love whole foods and can use the card

  12. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I take a daily women’s supplement

  13. What an awesome opportunity to help out Vitamin Angels!

    I would use my prize to get some Everyday 365 supplements, and be able to help others!

  14. Denise S says:

    Right now just a multi-vitamin.

  15. Shannon says:

    I need to take some supplements.

  16. Tammy S says:

    We take multi vitamins, Vit D, and I take several others for my Fibromyalgia.

  17. Robin Wilson says:

    I take numerous supplements, vitamins aimed at boosting my immune system. I would like to win as I have never shopped there before and after reading this, would love to.

  18. Robin Wilson says:
  19. Michelle H. says:

    I take calcium, vitamin D, and multivitamins.

  20. Starr Greenwell says:

    I take calcium everyday

  21. Stephanie V. says:

    coq10, multi for women, probiotic

  22. I really need to be taking a multivitamin.

  23. Sarah L says:

    I take a multi vitamin and calcium+D.
    Thanks for the contest.

  24. Sarah L says:
  25. I want to win because this only way I’d be able to afford going to Whole Foods.

  26. Serena Powell says:

    I take iron supplements

  27. I take coral calcium.

  28. I take several supplements. I take vitamin c, d, fish oil, and I would love to win this gift card because I do most of my shopping at Whole Foods
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  29. Wanda McHenry says:

    I take a multivitamin/multimineral supplement, fish oil and garlic.

  30. I take a multi-vitamin and sometimes calcium.
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  31. Janet F says:

    I take complete B Vitamins and Vitamin C.

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  32. Stacy Boland says:

    I take a multivitamin every day.

  33. Whole Foods is great!

  34. Cynthia C says:

    I take calcium and vitamin D3 supplements.

  35. Cynthia C says:

    Following on Bloglovin
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  36. I don’t take supplements but would like to win this for my mom. She loves whole foods.

  37. I take a woman’s vitamin supplement
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  38. I take a multivitamin each day.

  39. I take a multi vitamin and a B12 supplement.
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  40. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I take multivitamins

  41. Zan Caperton says:

    I take a multi,d3,hair and nails supplement and a probiotic.

  42. I don’t take much for supplements, but I love Whole Foods! I shop their sales!

  43. Nicole Larsen says:

    I take prenatal vitamins, vitamin C, and calcium!

  44. I love to shop at Whole Foods, but it is pricey.

  45. Claudia says:

    I take multivitamins , Thank you!

  46. Claudia says:

    email subscriber with email
    nclaudia25 at yahoo dot com

  47. Denise B. says:

    I take a multivitamin, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.

  48. PAIGE CHANDLER says:

    I take a daily multi vitamin and calcium tablets

  49. Theron Willis says:

    I take A to B Calm Calcium Magnesium Drink.

    Hope to win!

  50. I take a multi-vitamin, calcium, D3 & fish oil daily.

  51. I take a multivitamin

  52. Mary Calabrese says:

    I take magnesium every day.

  53. Robin Wilson says:
  54. nicolle says:

    this would help us cut back on food costs and let us use that money to pay another bill

  55. Mary Casper says:

    i take a multivitamin

  56. Stephanie Larison says:

    I take a multi vitamin right now

  57. jeanette sheets says:

    fish oil for my heart

  58. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I take vitamins and protein powder smoothies
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  59. Kate F. says:

    I take a vitamin and calcium supplements.

  60. Jennifer T. says:

    I don’t take any supplements daily. I really should. My kids take a kid’s multivitamin daily.
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  61. Jennifer T. says:

    I follow on Bloglovin’ under MagMom73.
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  62. Robin Wilson says:

    I follow on Bloglovin’ as Robin Wilson

  63. Robin Wilson says:
  64. sarah k says:

    I take a Whole Foods multivitamin gummy ,calcium, fish oils.

  65. Wild Orchid says:

    I take a daily multi-vitamin.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  66. Marcia Goss says:

    I take a multivitamin each morning.

  67. I love to win this because I love to shop in Whole Foods

  68. I take vitamin b.

  69. Christian Alejandro says:

    Whole food is my go to place, so this giveaway is awesome.

  70. Robin Wilson says:
  71. michelle cooke says:

    i take several supplements D, mag, omega 3’s. I would love to win this cause i love whole foods.

  72. Kathleen Downes says:

    I take vitamin c and a multivitamin.

  73. i am only taking a prenatal currently. but that will change in oct when i have him. i will add more vitamins into my life.

  74. Gennie Lancaster says:

    I want to win this because I love Whole Foods!

  75. I’m taking a calcium supplement. I don’t want to be hunched over like my grandmother when I’m her age.

  76. Jessie C. says:

    I take Centrum daily

  77. I take a multivitamin and krill oil every day

  78. Christine says:

    take calcium

  79. I take a multivitamin, a probiotic, vitamin c, calcium and green tea extract

  80. Courtney H. says:

    Multivitamins and Calcium

  81. Courtney H. says:

    Multivitamins and Calcium

  82. Kelly D says:

    I take Iron and Vitamin D

  83. Robin Wilson says:
  84. Lasonda says:

    I take a multi-vitamin and fish oil

  85. I take quercetin and spirulina

  86. Denise M says:

    i take iron, b vitamins, grapeseed extract and omega 3

  87. Daniel M says:

    i just take a multivitamin

  88. sara wood says:

    I take a multi-vitamin and calcium daily.

  89. Lisa V. says:

    I take B for joints.

  90. I take calcium

  91. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I take a Multi vitamin. I would love a Whole Foods gift card, I don’t shop there often.

  92. Allison Wilson says:

    Multivitamin and cinnamon

  93. Breanne says:

    Krill oil

  94. Korey Watkins says:

    I vary between B3, D, and a multivitamin.

  95. Carol W says:

    I don’t take any now but would like to look in to a multivitamin . Thanks

  96. I’d like to win because I love shopping at Whole Foods.

  97. I follow you on BlogLovin’.

  98. kyl neusch says:

    vitamins B and iron

  99. Robin Wilson says:
  100. Christy says:

    I’d like to win because there is a brand new Whole Foods that just opened up in my neighborhood where I could spend this gift card.

  101. I take multivitamins and calcium supplements.

  102. Janna Johnson says:

    I take vitamin d

  103. I take prenatals.

  104. Angela s says:

    I take calcium. I hope to win so I can get some vitamins.

  105. Robin Wilson says:
  106. Robin Wilson says:
  107. ellen casper says:

    I take a multi vitamin everyday

  108. Rachael says:

    I take a gummy multivitamin, plus a calcium/ magnesium supplement & fish oil

  109. Erica Barnes says:

    I take a multivitamin every day.

  110. I want to win this prize so that I can buy healthy delicious foods.

  111. shateece davis says:

    folic acid

  112. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I’d take Alive Vitamins.

  113. Belinda Shaw says:

    I take my One-a-day multi vitamin

  114. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    I am not great at remembering to take my supplements but i do have some vitamin c always on hand for a quick boost

  115. Robin Wilson says:
  116. Carrie Wampler says:

    I take prenatal vitamins daily and a probiotic. (Not pregnant, just know the vitamins are good!)

  117. Multiple vitamin and calcium.

  118. I take nutrilite multivitamin/multimineral, iron/folic acid when prego or nursing, and calcium with magnesium and vitamin d. would like to win as I like to get some yummy treats at whole foods—especially their vegan chocolate chip cookies for my kiddo who’s allergic to milk.

  119. I take a multivitamin and other supplements like Omega – 3.

  120. Robin Wilson says:
  121. Meaghan F. says:

    I just moved to a city with a whole foods, so it’d be nice to have a gift card to go explore it.

  122. Theresa D says:

    I take a multi and calcium everyday

  123. I take fish oil

  124. Fish oil and a multi vitamin.

  125. Matthew Pearl says:

    I take a multivitamin everyday to help keep me boosted! Also some extra b-12 if I need it 🙂

  126. I have to buy a lot of our food from Whole Foods because of allergy concerns so this gift card would be great.

  127. eva andrew says:

    I take a multivitamin daily.

  128. amberlyn johnson says:

    I take womens multi-vitamins, fish oil, vitamin b complex

  129. I take calcium and vitamin D
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  130. Sylvie W says:

    I take a multi vitamin. I use to take additional separate supplements (omegas and evening primrose) but after six months did not feel they did me any good. My multi vitamin evens out my diet.

  131. ria clarke says:

    I want t win because I love Whole Foods

  132. Jennifer says:

    I take Turmeric and Vitamin D3.

  133. April V. says:

    I take a multivitamin but I also add ground flax seed to my morning oatmeal.

  134. s riches says:

    I take a multivitamin every day.

  135. I take milk thistle and Fish Oil capsules.
    Thanks
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  136. Heather Rachael says:

    I take multi vitamin

  137. I take a multivitamin and extra vit v,

  138. Erica C. says:

    I take a multivitamin.

  139. I really don’t take supplements (probably should) – would use this for healthier foods 🙂
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  140. misses giveaways says:

    I take a multivitamin,iron and cranberry pills

  141. I take calcium and a multivitamin
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  142. Wes Laquerre says:

    Chlorella, Spirulina, Multivitamin, 5000IU Vitamin D. Whole foods has good stuff and I like eating good stuff.

  143. Julie Hawkins says:

    I take a multi vitamin to stay healthy

  144. Wes Laquerre says:

    I’m following you on BlogLovin. Thanks Lady!

  145. natalia ryjova says:

    I take a gummy multivitamin and fish oil.

  146. Ed Nemmers says:

    I take the MegaFood vitamins!

  147. Brenda Elsner says:

    I take a multi vitamin.

  148. melissa Resnick says:

    i dont take any but i think i should

  149. Susan Smith says:

    I take a multivitamin

  150. I take fish oil

  151. I take a multi and b’s.
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  152. i take vitamin c

  153. I take Calcium
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  154. Angela Neynaber says:

    I take a multi=vitamin and some extra iron.

  155. I love Whole Foods in general, so much healthiness, it’s a dream come true! Oh & I take maca powder and a daily vitamin. 🙂
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  156. Meghan R. says:

    I take B12, fish oil, a probiotic, and a multivitamin.

  157. I love to shop at whole foods and buy fresh produce there, so it’d be great if I win!

  158. Karrie Millheim says:

    I take daily vitamin, Vitamin B and Probiotics

  159. Mihaela D. says:

    I don’t take any supplement but I am ready to try them

  160. Jennifer Reed says:

    I currently takin Biotin and Krill Oil.

  161. Derek Timm says:

    I currently don’t take any but have been thinking about starting to do so.

  162. Denise Donaldson says:

    I want to win this prize, because I love whole foods.

  163. Jennifer Matt says:

    I take a lot of fish oil and glutamine

  164. Brittney House says:

    I take vitamins B

  165. sheila ressel says:

    I take a multi, probiotics, tumeric, extra C and B12.

  166. Multivitamin!

  167. Eileen Burke says:

    I don’t take any supplements but we love shopping at Whole Foods!

  168. vitamin d

  169. I don’t take any supplements, preferring to get my nutrients from fruits and veggies!

  170. Sarah Hall says:

    I take Centrum Silver sometimes.

  171. tina reynolds says:

    I take a multi vitamin and biton

  172. Whitney Lindeman says:

    I take prenatal vitamins, and occasionally a vitamin C supplement.

  173. John Moody says:

    vitamin C

  174. Jennifer Simmons says:

    I take lots of supplements…B12, Bcomplex, Magnesium, CoQ10, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, and a Daily Vitamin. I love to shop at Whole Foods for organic foods and veggies.

  175. I take a daily multivitamin, but that’s all.
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  176. Jeanette H. says:

    Whole foods market has the best organic products(:

  177. kristin s says:

    I take calcium and iron once a day

  178. Carolyn Daley says:

    I take a daily multivitamin.

  179. shaunie says:

    I love to take salmon oil because its good for the heart

  180. Vicki D. says:

    I take a Multi vitamin every day. I want to win this because I’ve never shopped at a Whole Foods Market before.

  181. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… Fish Oil

  182. Shannon says:

    I take B12 and vitamin D.

  183. mary gardner says:

    i take vitamin d

  184. Samantha D says:

    I would like to win this to purchase some lavender essential oil to help calm me before bed.

  185. Patrice says:

    I take Alive vitamins.

  186. Veronica Garrett says:

    I take Vitamin D per my doctor’s suggestion.

  187. Melissa O. says:

    I take Multi Vitamins, vitamin D and probiotics

  188. sheila k. says:

    I go to Whole Foods quite often for supplements, especially CoQ10 and herbal remedies.

  189. I take an Ultra Hair Formula sporadically.

  190. I take Vitamin D every day.

  191. Lorena Keech says:

    I’ve just gone on a wheat free diet so I’ll be doing more shopping at Whole Foods.

  192. Kelly Amos says:

    I take a multivitamin, fish oil, garlic, calcium, cranberry extract, and melatonin.

  193. I take a women’s multivitamin

  194. Robin Wilson says:
  195. Michelle Tucker says:

    I take potassium every day. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  196. Deborah Wallin says:

    I take vitamin C and a woman’s vitamin.

  197. Michelle Tucker says:

    I follow on bloglovin.

  198. Brenda Shreve says:

    Fish oil and a multi

  199. subscribe email: slehandwc at gmail dot com

  200. heather c says:

    I take vitamin D and curcumin

  201. I take a multivitamin.
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  202. I follow on Bloglovin.
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  203. Tim Moss says:

    I take all kinds of supplements, no joke. Ask my wife. I’m big into the health thing. And I’d love to win this.