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Respond to Review of Whole Foods Market
by djspe

Review: After this review was written, the Wellness Club has closed. I will revise when/if the health starts here program gets going. For now, the prepared foods are quite lacking in healthy options and they got rid of many healthy store-made products altogether. :-( The Whole Foods Market Princeton is the best Whole Foods I've been to outside of their flagship store in Austin, TX. Most people know what WF's is about so I'll focus on what makes this store unique: They have a Wellness Club. The Wellness Club is a plant-based cooking, health and wellness club -- almost like a mini-health club -- that resides in the center of the store. They offer amazing cooking classes that are 100% plant-based or vegan and focus on teaching people how to live and eat healthy whole foods. The foundation of the school stems from the "Health Stars Here" nutritional guidance of Esselstyn (Engine 2), Jeff Novick, Dr. Fuhrman. They teach the tremendous benefits of eating a balanced plent-strong, whole foods diet and cooking delicious food without any added oil or salt. Additionally, they partner with dozens of local wellness businesses like yoga studios which offer fitness classes in-store. And members of the program get discounts on produce, healthy foods and partner programs. Most importantly, the Wellness Club is truly a community of compassionate people who support one another on the journey to better health, plant-strong eating and healthy cooking. We are so lucky to have a Wellness Club in Princeton... to my knowledge it's one of the only programs like this in the country. Updated from previous review on Sunday February 24, 2013

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Vegparty
Posted by Vegparty on Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sorry to see the Wellness Club close. The Health Starts Here program just started up again, will classes in the new Culinary Center.
djspe
Posted by djspe on Monday, August 12, 2013
Yes it is very unfortunate they decided to pull the plug. Many of the "Wellness Club" healthy whole food options are gone now too. I hope that they will soon bring back some of the healthy no-oil prepared foods. For weeks they've had very little or none. I was also sad that they stopped making the "Wellness Baguette" which was the only real whole grain sprouted wheat baguette they sold. The yummy store made no-oil hummus, gone. No-oil dressings, gone...I can't figure out what they are doing :-/ It's like they just left us in the dark. I still love the employees at Whole Foods but the store is quickly going downhill. I tend to shop there much less now. I sincerely hope they will bring back a lot more "Health Starts Here" options.
Vegparty
Posted by Vegparty on Monday, August 12, 2013
They opened 5 Wellness Clubs around the country. Each closed early in 2013, or late 2012. It was a great idea, just not profitable enough to justify the salaries of the teams or the amount of retail space in a busy store that it occupied. I hope they can bring their HSH program to a level comparable to the Lamar store in Austin. They had amazing food. Good luck in your travels...it is hard to find no oil food.
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