New 'Go Fish!' Program Brings Health Benefits of Fish to Americans' Doorsteps

The Seafood Industry Teams up With Meals on Wheels Association of America

to Encourage its Nationwide Network to Meet the Recommended Weekly

Servings of Seafood

Jan 04, 2006, 00:00 ET from National Fisheries Institute

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Fisheries Institute (NFI)
 and Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) today launched a joint
 effort to promote the health benefits associated with including fish in a
 healthy, balanced diet.
     The "Go Fish!" program theme is modeled after the popular card game and
 will provide thousands of MOWAA members, volunteers, clients, donors and staff
 a different "playing card" each week that will include recipe and meal
 preparation ideas, health and nutrition information and facts about fish.  The
 first card, the King of Hearts, is available upon request.
     "We know that many health benefits are derived when seafood consumption is
 increased and are pleased with the opportunity to share this information with
 our members because of our partnership with NFI," said Enid Borden, CEO of
 MOWAA.  "It is our desire to promote better nutrition for seniors we serve and
 encourage them through our programs to put more fish in their diets."
     NFI President John Connelly said, "Though seafood consumption is on the
 rise, Americans still only eat less than half the recommended servings of fish
 per week. Our partnership with Meals on Wheels will help the seafood community
 reach a broad group of Americans who need accurate information about why fish
 is healthy as well as techniques to handle and prepare these meals."
     As detailed in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and new food
 guide pyramid, the federal government recommends at least two servings of fish
 or seafood per week. The guidelines specifically mention the tremendous health
 benefits of fish and shellfish -- such as omega-3 fatty acids -- that can
 "reduce the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease."
     Studies also show that fish is "brain food."  Research published in the
 Archives of Neurology conducted by the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging found
 dietary intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids and weekly consumption of fish
 may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Numerous studies show that omega-
 3s also protect against coronary heart disease and stroke and aid in the
 neurological development of unborn babies.
     NFI is the leading trade association for the fish and seafood industry
 whose members represent a variety of businesses ranging from the water to the
 table.  For more information visit our website at
     Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest and largest
 organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services
 to people in need.  MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and
 economic betterment of vulnerable Americans so that "no senior goes
 hungry."(R) For more information visit

SOURCE National Fisheries Institute