Cape Coral, FL—Organic & Natural Health Association (O&N Health) has honored WholeFood Magazine Publisher and VP of Media, Heather Wainer, with The Champion Award in recognition of her commitment to education, integrity, and transparency in the natural products industry. Under Wainer's leadership, WholeFoods Magazine has transformed its online profile, with the re-launch of its website in 2023, and the launch of Naturally Informed, a virtual conference series aimed at educating and informing the industry on key topics, produced in partnership with Industry Transparency Center. The longest-tenured media outlet in the natural industry, WholeFoods Magazine is "the one that does it all," educating on all aspects of the natural products industry, with a special focus on independent natural products retailers. This month, the magazine is celebrating its 40th anniversary under the ownership of the Wainer Family.
“My father has won awards during his career, but this is the first award I've ever won in the industry,” remarked Wainer in her acceptance speech. “This recognition for our family business, especially on our 40th anniversary of WholeFoods Magazine, is deeply meaningful. I feel lucky to work in an industry where the people I do business with are part of my life and not just part of my job.”
Wainer accepted the award at O&N Health’s celebratory conference, “Cultivating Change: A Decade of Defining Moments for People and the Planet.” The conference, which took place January 23-25, celebrated O&N Health’s 10th Anniversary.
O&N Health also used the conference as an opportunity to announce the launch of “My Health Alliance," alongside Alliance for Natural Health, American Grassfed Association, Moms Across America, Organic Consumers Association, Natural Grocers, and SENPA.
These organizations are joining forces with O&N Health with an important mission: to advocate for nutrition and health issues on Capitol Hill. Collectively, the groups can reach more than 4.5 million people to press Congress on legislation supporting the future of the natural health and wellness industry.
Karen Howard, CEO and Executive Director of O&N Health, said, “This strategic collaboration signifies a pivotal moment for the industry. By aligning forces, we aim to advance the current state of nutrition for all people and the planet, influencing crucial legislation through our collective strength.”
Throughout 2024, O&N Health will continue to celebrate their 10th Anniversary by hosting private “Defining Moments” dinner parties at major industry conferences. These events are open to O&N Heath members and companies who would like to learn more about joining O&N Health Association.
Rebecca Viscomi is the Multimedia Editor at WholeFoods Magazine. She joined the team in 2021, after obtaining her Masters from The College of New Jersey. She brings her passion for natural food and grocery products to the team, as the resident foodie. She graduated in 2014 from Susquehanna University, majoring in Communications. When she's not writing or in the kitchen trying out recipes, Rebecca is spending time with her two dogs, reading, or traveling across the country.
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