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Jenny Craig Supports Local Students’ Garden Program at Jefferson Elementary School

Weight management company continues donations to hometown elementary school to help sustain garden

Carlsbad, Calif. — (September 18, 2013) — Today, Jenny Craig, one of the world’s leading weight management companies, presented a check for $5,000 to help fund the Jefferson Elementary School Garden program.

Jenny Craig donated the funds to the Jefferson Elementary School to help continue the school’s healthy eating extra-curricular program.  The Jefferson Elementary School Garden program allows third through fifth graders who are members of the Jefferson Green Jaguars Garden Club to participate in weekly gardening activities during their recess time.

Jefferson Elementary Principal Chad Lund accepted the donation from Leesa Eichberger, Jenny Craig’s Chief Marketing Officer, during a ceremony at the Jefferson Green Jaguars Garden.

“It’s been our mission to educate our future generation on the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables into a balanced diet,” said Lund. “We’ve seen our students really enjoy and appreciate the fruits -- and veggies --of their labor and we’re excited to continue expanding this worthy program. We are grateful for the continued support from Jenny Craig, who shares our vision of educating about the importance of healthful eating.”

With help from Jenny Craig’s first donation in 2011, the Jefferson Green Jaguars Garden replaced all of its original wood beds and added three new redwood raised beds. In 2012, donated funds were used to expand the garden by 675 square feet allowing for an additional planting area, an outdoor classroom and an expanded compost zone.

“Jenny Craig is honored to help our community by supporting this cause,” said Eichberger. “Jenny Craig’s mission is to combat obesity by encouraging healthy eating habits. We are thrilled to help our local children learn more about the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables.”

In 2011, Jenny Craig began a commitment to donate to the Jefferson Elementary School Garden program. The donation will continue to aid the Jefferson Gardens in their expansion of the grounds, fund new drip irrigation and supply various garden resources that can be shared with teachers in classrooms and garden helpers.

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 management 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 worked with food scientists to create more than 80 delicious Jenny's Cuisine® menu items. Jenny's program is available in-center and as an at-home program. Jenny At Home allows 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 Jefferson Green Jaguars Garden

The Jefferson Green Jaguars Garden is an organically maintained garden.  It is both an outdoor classroom for learning and a place for passive recreation.  It provides hand-on learning to support core standards taught in the classroom, as well as an on-site opportunity for students to serve as environmental stewards of their campus community and learn about healthy nutrition.  The garden reinforces the attitudes of appreciation, cooperation, curiosity, empathy, and respect which are central to Jefferson’s International Baccalaureate program. For more about Jefferson and it’s International Baccalaureate program visit Jefferson Elementary or contact Jefferson’s IB Coordinator, Laurel Ferreira at (760) 331-5598, ibcarlsbad@gmail.com.

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