National Dairy Council Challenges Consumers To Think

“Ultimate Fridge Makeover Contest” — One Way to Get Families to Enjoy More Nutritious Foods
(There’s still time to enter the contest…but hurry!!!)

Looking for inspiration to transform your cluttered and unhealthily stocked refrigerators into destinations for nutritious meals the entire family can enjoy? Families nationwide are invited to enter the first “Ultimate Fridge Makeover Contest” sponsored by the National Dairy Council and explain why their refrigerators need a nutrition renovation.

One grand prize winner will receive a brand new stainless steel General Electric refrigerator stocked with nutritious foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains and an in-home visit and personal nutritional consultation from a well-known culinary/nutrition expert. The expert will offer tips for preparing healthy meals based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and a “how-to” guide for stocking refrigerators with nutrient-rich foods, which provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and are relatively low in calories.

Between August 15, 2007 and September 29, 2007, families may visit to enter the contest by submitting a 50-word essay on why they deserve the “Ultimate Fridge Makeover” and uploading a photo of their unhealthy, disorganized refrigerators. The contest Web site can also be reached through Web banners on additional sites, including:,, Café,,, Meredith Interactive as well as A panel of judges will narrow down the entries to 10 finalists, which will be revealed on the contest Web site starting October 8, 2007. Consumers will then have a chance to vote online from October 9, 2007 to October 22, 2007 for the refrigerator they believe is in most need of a nutrition makeover.

Two runners-up each will receive a new stainless steel General Electric refrigerator as well as a $250 gift card to a local grocery store which they can apply towards the purchase of nutrient-rich foods. In addition, seven finalists each will receive a $250 gift card to a local grocery store which they can also apply towards the purchase of nutrient-rich foods. All winners will be announced in early November.

“The National Dairy Council encourages moms to adopt and provide healthier meals and snacks, specifically nutrient-rich dairy foods, for their families” says [name], [title], of [local dairy council]. “The ‘Ultimate Fridge Makeover Contest’ is just another way to help families make lifestyle and nutrition choices that are good for them.”

Visit for more information about the “Ultimate Fridge Makeover Contest” and Official Rules.