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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.

Dole Packaged Foods, Healthy Kids Georgia & DECAL Planning Special Field Trip for Georgia’s Three-Star Child Care Nutritionists

Nutritionists from thirty of Georgia’s Three-Star Quality Rated Child 
Care Programs are being invited by Dole Packaged Foods to visit the North Carolina Research Campus next 
month to learn how to encourage good nutrition for Georgia’s youngest learners. Bright from the Start: Georgia 
Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is partnering with Dole and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s 
Healthy Kids Georgia Program to host the bus trip April 2-3, 2014. The first 30 Quality Rated three-star centers 
to apply will win a spot on the field trip. 
 
“We know that even our youngest learners need to start understanding why healthy food choices and exercise lead 
to a path of lifelong health and well-being,” said DECAL Commissioner Bobby Cagle. “That’s why Dole 
Packaged Foods and Healthy Kids Georgia are making a real difference as they recognize Quality Rated child 
care programs committed to making health, nutrition and physical activity a priority. Public-private partnerships 
like this play a vitally important role in helping us meet our goals of nurturing Georgia’s youngest children, 
keeping them safe and healthy, and enriching their lives.” 
 
During their visit, the Georgia group will hear from Dr. Nicholas Gillitt, Ph.D., Vice President of Nutrition and 
Director of the Dole Nutrition Institute. They will also tour the research campus and interact with other leading 
experts in the field. 
 
In December, 2012, Dole joined Healthy Kids Georgia and DECAL in announcing a partnership to promote good 
nutrition and increased physical activity in early childcare and education programs. 
 
“Georgia’s childhood obesity epidemic is too large for any one organization or person to address alone. We must 
work together to collaboratively present our children and families with healthy lifestyle options so we can bring 
about real change and tackle this daunting challenge,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “Innovative public-private 
partnerships that bring together state, private, and community resources to confront the troubling trends we face in 
childhood obesity will have a lasting impact on future generations.” 
 
Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and 
education programs. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated identifies early care and 
education programs that meet a set of standards exceeding the state’s minimum licensing requirements and 
awards them a maximum three-star rating. 
 
One of the five standards offers early care and education programs the opportunity to reflect on their current 
health and nutrition criteria and identify areas that can be improved. Points are assessed based on the completion 
of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment; written improvement plans with documentation of actions 
taken to complete the plans; and evidence that the program has met each of the requirements listed for the 
standard. 
 
Of the 300 Georgia child care programs now Quality Rated, 83 have received three stars. 
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Georgia’s top child care nutritionists to the North Carolina Research Campus,” said 
Marty Ordman, Marketing Communications, Dole Packaged Foods. “Even more exciting is the potential of what 
they can take back to their programs in Georgia --- hopefully some new and creative ways to expose young 
students to more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis --- the perfect fuel for learning.” 
 

About Dole Packaged Foods

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, a subsidiary of Dole International Holdings, is a leader in sourcing, processing, distributing
and marketing fruit products and healthy snacks throughout the world. Dole markets a full line of  canned, jarred, cup,
frozen and dried fruit products and is an innovator in new forms of packaging and processing fruit.
For more information on Dole Packaged Foods, visit dole.com

About Healthy Kids Georgia

An initiative of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, the Lt. Governor’s Healthy Kids Georgia is a collaboration of the 
Office of Lieutenant Governor, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and other 
corporate and community partners. Formed in 2010 to address the epidemic levels of childhood obesity in 
Georgia and the serious physical and emotional consequences of the problem, the program encourages schools to
partner with their local communities and the Healthy Schools program to confront the childhood obesity crisis by
implementing health and wellness programs in Georgia’s schools. Additionally, through Public Private 
Partnerships, Healthy Kids Georgia is the conduit for corporate support strategies to be implemented throughout
the state upholding the mission to promote healthy lifestyles. 
 

About DECAL

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care 
and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized 
Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia's Childcare 
and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement 
programs. 
 
The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and
availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral 
agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education.
For more information, go to www.decal.ga.gov.