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New York Apple Association encourages healthy living in 2019

A new year will bring a renewed focus on nutrition and fitness resolutions for many, and Cynthia Haskins, president of the New York Apple Association, said the organization wants to help consumers achieve both in the most flavorful way possible.

That’s why starting in January, the NYAA is challenging consumers to eat at least one salad a day using a New York apple variety, and encouraging people to share images of it on Facebook to possibly win one of three $500 gift cards.

big-apple-salad The New York Big Apple Salad Challenge will start Jan. 1 and run through the end of February.

“Whatever your health goal — eating cleaner, feeling better, losing weight — salads with New York apple varieties are a deliciously easy way to eat better without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction,” Haskins said. “New York apples add crunch, texture and flavor — as well as nutrients and fiber-related fullness — to any salad. Plus, apple cider and cider vinegar make great salad dressings.”

To help inspire people to undergo this “NY Big Apple Salad Challenge,” the NYAA will post some apple salad recipes (at to motivate taste buds, including its “New York Apple Slaw with Sweet and Sour Cider Dressing” and “New York Grilled Apple Salad,” which features a tangy cider mustard vinaigrette dressing.

“New York apples are flavorful, nutritious, versatile and perfect for on-the-go lifestyles,” said Haskins. “Our apples are convenient and will keep you charged throughout your day — they’ll keep you running.”

And speaking of running, for the last 21 years, NYAA has been a proud sponsor of the TCS NYC Marathon.

In 2019, the organization plans to bring a new level of support to its sponsorship by having a New York apple growing family train to run the race.

Apple grower and NYAA Board Member Douglas Grout of Golden Harvest Farms in the Eastern Hudson Valley and his wife Amanda are going to run the marathon along with Grout’s 75-year old mother, Jayne Zinke.

Cailin Kowalewski, NYAA’s assistant account manager, has also committed to running the race.

This will be the first marathon for the Grouts and Cailin, and the 25th marathon for Zinke, who has run the NYC event eight times before (the last time was in 2007 with her slowest time of 4:27!). Zinke has also completed marathons in Boston and Russia.

NYAA will track their training progress on Facebook with the hope that their training commitment will inspire others to start 2019 off with resolutions that are full of flavor, fun and fitness.