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Jenny Craig Helps Carlsbad Community Garden Grow

Weight loss company continues donations to help sustain local gardens in its hometown

Carlsbad, Calif. — (August 21, 2013) — Today, Jenny Craig, one of the world’s leading weight loss companies, presented a check for $9,200 to the Carlsbad Community Garden Collaborative (CCGC) to help fund The Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden and continue to promote healthy living within the community.

The check was presented on behalf of Jenny Craig to the Collaborative and the Harold E. Smerdu garden in support of its dedication to provide healthy, locally grown foods for Carlsbad families. The Carlsbad based location has 52 garden plots on about one and a half acres of land. Patrice Smerdu, daughter of garden founder Harold E. Smerdu, accepted the generous donation from Corrine Perritano, Jenny Craig VP of North America Business, during a ceremony at the garden.

“It’s a goal of ours to teach our future generation the importance of eating garden-fresh produce,” said Smerdu. “As Jenny Craig shares the same view of healthful eating, we are thrilled that they are helping us to reach our goal.”

“Jenny Craig’s mission is to combat obesity and encourage healthy eating habits. This donation is especially important to us, as the Harold E. Smerdu Community Garden has such a significant impact on our community and serves as a catalyst for widespread health,” said Perritano. “With a shared goal of emphasizing the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables into a balanced diet, Jenny Craig is honored to be able to contribute to this incredible organization.”

In 2011, Jenny Craig began a commitment to donate to the Collaborative. The donations will continue to aid the CCGC in reducing water consumption through the installation of new drip systems and other water saving devices, subsidize less fortunate gardeners with their fees and replace fences, among many other community activities.

About Jenny Craig

Jenny Craig’s program is designed to help you manage your weight by creating a healthy relationship with food, building a fun, active lifestyle and developing a balanced approach to living. Our mantra is: Eat Well. Move More. Live Life.

Our model is like no other weight loss company. Jenny provides weekly personal consultations that are tailored to you. We teach portion control, provide motivational techniques for stressful situations like social gatherings and dining out, and provide fun ways to incorporate activity in a daily basis and frankly, provide a person in your corner to champion your successes each week. Jenny’s nutritionists work with food scientists to create more than 80 delicious Jenny's Cuisine™ menu items. Jenny's program is available in-center and our at-home program, Jenny At Home for easy access, whenever, wherever.

Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of the world's largest weight management companies, with more than 600 company-owned and franchised centers in the United States, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

About Carlsbad Community Garden Collaborative

The Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative (CCGC) is a non-profit organization leading the way for more community gardens in Carlsbad. The vision of the CCGC is to create a network of community gardens throughout the City of Carlsbad. Formed in November 2010, CCGC became a 501(c)(3) in September 2011. CCGC is an all-volunteer organization led by a uniquely qualified board and supported by an increasing number of citizens, community and business partners. CCGC's achievements include the full support of the Carlsbad City Council and successful collaboration with City Parks and Recreation staff. Approval of the new Schoolhouse Community Garden (the second garden in Carlsbad and modeled after the Smerdu Garden leadership program) includes a directive for staff and the CCGC to continue working together to develop a three-year plan for future community gardens in Carlsbad. This three year plan includes CCGC goals of a public community garden in every quadrant of the City, the inclusion of community gardens in City policy such as the City's general plan, park policies and zoning codes, bringing garden resources to all residents and gardening groups, and facilitating best practices in gardening and community garden development.

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