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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Miami

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Miami, FL. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Miami's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Miami. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Miami, FL. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Miami,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Miami, FL, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Miami, FL.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Overflowing sewage, rodents, bad smells in these Miami, Broward restaurant inspections

Still waters run deep. In restaurants, that’s called standing water and it usually stinks. That brings us to the restaurants on this week’s Sick and Shut Down List, a roll call of South Florida restaurants that came up short on state inspections.OUR RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. A restaurant that fails inspection remains closed until passing an inspection....

Still waters run deep. In restaurants, that’s called standing water and it usually stinks. That brings us to the restaurants on this week’s Sick and Shut Down List, a roll call of South Florida restaurants that came up short on state inspections.

OUR RULES OF ENGAGEMENT: What follows comes from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation restaurant inspections in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. A restaurant that fails inspection remains closed until passing an inspection.

If you see a problem and want a place inspected, contact the DBPR. We don’t control who gets inspected nor how strictly the inspector inspects.

We don’t include all violations, just the most moving, whether internally or literally moving (because it’s alive or once was alive). Some violations get corrected after the inspector points them out. But, you have to ask, why do the violations exist in the first place? And how long would they have remained if not for the inspection?

We report without passion or prejudice but with side dishes of humor.

In alphabetical order...

Ono Poke Shop, 2320 N. Miami Ave., Miami: Routine inspection, 11 total violations, one High Priority violation.

No vermin on the floor of the Poke. The Poke had a putrid pond, however.

“Raw sewage on ground of establishment...drain under the three-compartment sink clogged resulting in wastewater overflowing on the floor.”

Another problem at the three-compartment sink, the warewashing machine and for the wiping cloth solution was the lack of a chemical test kit to check the sanitizer used for each.

You kind of want someone who could recognize when an employee is swimming in salmonella, listeria, cyclospora, etc., so it can be a bit disconcerting when the “Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.”

At the next day’s re-inspection, the inspector ran water “for approximately three minutes at the three-compartment sink and observed water overflowing from the drain under the three-compartment sink.

“In addition, ran water for approximately three minutes at the handwash sink and mop sink behind the front counter food preparation area, and observed standing water in each sink, as water drained slowly.”

Lack of a Roto-Rooter man or a generic substitute caused a failure of the re-inspection. But the Poke passed the re-re-inspection.

Rene’s Schnitzelhaus, 8318 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise: Routine inspection, 25 total violations, 5 High Priority violations.

“Observed objectionable odors throughout establishment in the kitchen area and the front of the interior dining room.”

The malodorous scent didn’t bother the rodents that left poop on dishwasher area pipes and 20 pieces of regularity “on shelves with clean plates, clean glasses next to the reach-in freezer; in the storage area, next to an unused ice bin machine; and at the front left hand corner, close to the kitchen entrance door.”

In a sign of vermin confrontation or (shudder) unity, the roaches left 10 droppings at the cookline and near the prep table. The inspector counted 30 or more live roaches and another 30 or more dead lines at the cookline, under the three-compartment sink, “running under equipment, prep table and in the dish machine area.”

With all these live problems running around, regular readers know what the inspector also found. Sing it, children...”food not covered...” In this case, bread on a top shelf in the kitchen and sauces in the reach-in freezer.

The ice scoop was “stored on top of a dirty surface in the storage area...”

But we’re sure the ice scoop was washed and sanitized. Or, at least washed, as the dishmachine’s sanitizer measured zero.

As effective as the dishmachine’s sanitizing attempts were the attempts at washing hands in the unisex employee bathroom, seeing as how there was no hot water.

“Observed heavy limescale build up on interior of dish machine located in dish area...heavy grease buildup and limescale on dish racks...cutting boards, can opener blade, shelves for sanitized clean equipment with grease buildup.”

The inspector saw water leaking two places, from a pipe under the three-compartment sink and from the steam table. Staff put a bucket under the latter.

Not sure how this place came correct the next day on re-inspection, but the inspector says it did.

Tacos vs. Burrito, 650 NE 79th St., Miami: Complaint inspection, 10 total violations, two High Priority violations.

Another place with standing water on the floor, this time in the restrooms. Hope that was just water.

The inspector counted eight flies in the men’s and women’s restrooms, 10 in the dining room and bar, 20 in a back prep area and 25 in the dishwashing area (they like the dishwashing area.)

“Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.”

“Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food....quart container used to scoop ice.”

After an inspection during which the inspector knew neither hands nor hair were involved in the food, the eternal Tacos vs. Burrito battle resumed.

No. 21 Florida State baseball vs No. 6 Miami: Game thread, preview, how to watch

The Florida State Seminoles (30-17, 13-11) last regular season home series of the year is a big one as the No. 6 ranked Miami Hurricanes (36-12, 17-7) come into town. Not only is this a big rivalry series but both teams have a lot to play for. Last year FSU took all four games from Miami, sweeping the ‘Canes in Coral Gables with none of the games being close and winning on in the ...

The Florida State Seminoles (30-17, 13-11) last regular season home series of the year is a big one as the No. 6 ranked Miami Hurricanes (36-12, 17-7) come into town. Not only is this a big rivalry series but both teams have a lot to play for. Last year FSU took all four games from Miami, sweeping the ‘Canes in Coral Gables with none of the games being close and winning on in the ACC Tournament, so the Hurricanes will be out for blood. Florida State needs a series win to stay in position to secure a regional host.

Miami’s Friday starter Carson Palmquist is one of the best in the ACC. Batters are hitting just .231 off of him and he’s struck out 92 while only walking 20 in 64 innings. When batters do make contact they can draw blood as he’s given up 11 home runs and 10 doubles on the year. FSU must be smart and see a lot of pitches against Palmquist. he’s not likely to walk many but the fewer innings he’s available for the better off for FSU.

Following Palmquist is Karson Ligon on Saturday. The freshman has pitched well this year but has struggled outside of South Florida as of late. That was against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, two of the better offenses in the ACC. Ligon isn’t a big strike out guy but does a good job of inducing weaker contact.

Sunday has been a bit rough for the ‘Canes. Last week’s Friday starter Alejandro Rosario has found himself on the back of the weekend rotation. Rosario has really good stuff but has struggled to control it. He’s given up 20 walks over 45 innings and opponents are hitting .339 against him. FSU touched him up quite a bit last year but none of that means he’s not capable.

Gage Ziehl and Alex McFarlane have gotten quite a bit of use out of the pen and both have acquitted themselves well and have provided good bridges to closer Andrew Walters. Walters is certainly capable of two innings saves so if FSU is down going into the eighth that could be all she wrote.

The top of the Miami lineup is as good as any around. There’s probably a touch more strikeout in the top of the lineup but they also draw their fair share of walks. Yohandy Morales provides the most pop with 11 home runs and 16 doubles but Jacob Burke and Maxwell Romero Jr. are not far behind with nine dingers of their own. This is a very dangerous lineup that FSU pitchers will have to be careful with.

This weekend is a pivotal series as both teams look to solidify its postseason position. In addition to being No. 6 in the D1Baseball poll, the Hurricanes are also at 6 in the RPI. Florida State is 18 in the RPI, jumping seven spots after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of Jacksonville.

The Seminoles have won five straight against Miami, including a 4-0 mark last season. FSU swept the Hurricanes in Coral Gables before also winning in the ACC Tournament.

Friday 5/13, 7:00 PM

Probable Starters: LHP Parker Messick (6-2, 2.56 ERA) vs. LHP Carson Palmquist (7-3, 2.95 ERA)

How to watch: ACCN

How to listen: 100.7 FM in Tallahassee

Saturday 5/14, 7:00 PM

Probable Starters: LHP Bryce Hubbart (7-1, 2.69 ERA) vs. RHP Karson Ligon (6-3, 3.48 ERA)

How to watch: ACCN

How to listen: 100.7 FM in Tallahassee

Sunday 5/15, 12:00 PM

Probable Starters: RHP Carson Montgomery (4-1, 4.66 ERA) vs. RHP Alejandro Rosario (2-2, 7.15 ERA)

How to watch: ESPN2

How to listen: 100.7 FM in Tallahassee

Tomahawk Nation will have updates in the game thread and on our Twitter.

Orphaned Dolphin Finds Forever Home In Florida Keys

MARATHON (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A rescued juvenile male bottlenose dolphin, flown from Texas to the Marathon-based Dolphin Research Center seven weeks ago, was successfully moved to the facility’s primary dolphin lagoon Thursday — a move that marks his final integration into a “forever family” of other permanent dolphin residents.“Ranger,” has convalesced and been monitored over the last several weeks in a specially designed medical quarantine pool to increase his eating and weight, and strengthen ...

MARATHON (CBSMiami/FKNB) – A rescued juvenile male bottlenose dolphin, flown from Texas to the Marathon-based Dolphin Research Center seven weeks ago, was successfully moved to the facility’s primary dolphin lagoon Thursday — a move that marks his final integration into a “forever family” of other permanent dolphin residents.

“Ranger,” has convalesced and been monitored over the last several weeks in a specially designed medical quarantine pool to increase his eating and weight, and strengthen both his immune system and his bond with human caregivers.

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He was rescued nearly one year ago after being discovered stranded in waters around Goose Island State Park in Texas, suffering from an underlying respiratory infection and dehydration following his mother’s death.

To safely maneuver Ranger from quarantine, DRC staff employed a specially designed marine mammal stretcher and carefully placed him into the natural Florida Bay water of the facility’s main lagoon. Dolphins in surrounding pools observed as Ranger speedily explored his spacious new home, taking in their neighboring sonar signals for the first time since arriving at the rehabilitation facility in late March

It only took 45 minutes for Ranger to begin interacting and taking food from Linda Erb, DRC’s vice president of animal care and training.

“We were pretty surprised that he decided to turn on and eat within probably 30, 45 minutes of getting in the pool,” Erb said. “You can imagine he hasn’t heard dolphin sounds for over a year.

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“He’s inundated,” she added. “There are dolphins all around him. He’s looking at them. I thought the last thing he was gonna be interested in was fish.”

According to DRC’s staff and trainers, an important outcome of Ranger’s final move Thursday was to ensure he would eat freely, critical to his full adjustment to the new surroundings.

An initial assessment of the orphaned calf indicated that at the time of his rescue, at just two years old, he lacked the skills necessary to forage and survive in the wild. The National Marine Fisheries Service then selected the Keys’ uniquely experienced DRC facility as a permanent home. Ranger now weighs a healthy 235 pounds.

Ranger’s relocation to the Florida Keys, as well as his continued treatment at the nonprofit DRC, was made possible by donations from worldwide and national communities and mammal rescue networks, including a special JET ICU air ambulance service that flew him from Texas direct to Marathon.

Since 1984, Dolphin Research Center, through research and education, has been dedicated to promoting peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals and humans and the environment.

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Miami Commissioners Approve City's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

For four years Miami has refused to issue permits for medical marijuana dispensaries but city commissioners have now paved the way for the first one to open.Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to approve a certificate of use for the first medical marijuana dispensary in Miami, six years after Floridians voted to legalize cannabis for medical uses.There are currently more than 425 dispensaries throughout Florida, but none in Miami.Jason Erkes, with Sunnyside Dispensaries, has several locations but none in Miami."...

For four years Miami has refused to issue permits for medical marijuana dispensaries but city commissioners have now paved the way for the first one to open.

Commissioners voted 3-2 Thursday to approve a certificate of use for the first medical marijuana dispensary in Miami, six years after Floridians voted to legalize cannabis for medical uses.

There are currently more than 425 dispensaries throughout Florida, but none in Miami.

Jason Erkes, with Sunnyside Dispensaries, has several locations but none in Miami.

"This is a really big move for the patients that need to get their medicine and it's a big move for the cannabis industry," Erkes said. "It's been debated for a long time, but I think at the end of the day they're gonna see there’s no negative societal impact."

The commission had resisted granting a certificate of use for a dispensary. Commissioner Manolo Reyes voted against allowing a Los Angeles-based company to open business in Miami.

"Because I want to establish the regulations before they are authorized to be selling this marijuana, which is being called medical marijuana, and make a clear distinction between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana," Reyes said.

Supporters of dispensaries say the state has a pretty good handle on rules and regulations, with a multi-step process to vet businesses.

"It's a very tightly regulated industry so before you can apply for a license to open a store in a city like Miami you have to be licensed by the state," Erkes said.

Thursday's vote gives MRC-44 a certificate of use to open a location in downtown Miami. For years the city has been in court with MRC-44 and the court eventually ruled that because Miami hadn't specifically banned dispensaries, it had to allow the company to operate.

Commissioner Ken Russell voted in favor of the measure and said dispensaries will be treated like pharmacies.

"I have my medical marijuana card. After two surgeries on my wrist I was prescribed opioids and I recognize the symptoms of withdrawal that are created into addiction that allow people to get hooked on meth," Russell said. "This is a really slippery slope that very normal people get caught up in and having alternative forms of pain medication is crucial."

South Florida Turns Turquoise for Lung Association

Organization kicks off Turquoise Takeover week to raise awareness of the leading cause of cancer-related deathsThis week, the American Lung Association is turning South Florida turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and educate more people about life-saving screening.The Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative's annual Turquoise Takeover celebration (May 8-14) unites America to raise criti...

Organization kicks off Turquoise Takeover week to raise awareness of the leading cause of cancer-related deaths

This week, the American Lung Association is turning South Florida turquoise to raise awareness of lung cancer and educate more people about life-saving screening.

The Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative's annual Turquoise Takeover celebration (May 8-14) unites America to raise critical awareness of lung cancer, the nation's leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Each year, the organization turns the nation turquoise, the signature color of LUNG FORCE.

In South Florida, through the month of May, all donations will be DOUBLED up to $35,000 by local sponsors! To help the American Lung Association unlock the full potential of this match, members of the community are invited to fundraise, turn turquoise, and take part in any number of the many engagement opportunities including:

"Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among both women and men in our state. In 2022 alone, it is estimated that 19,560 Florida residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer. But there is hope. The five-year survival rate – the percentage of people who are still alive five years after being diagnosed – increased by a dramatic 33% in the past ten years," said Frank Eidelman, MD, South Florida American Lung Association Board Member, Florida Medical Specialties Institute Chair and Allergy & Immunology Department Chair at Cleveland Clinic Florida. "Raising awareness and funds for lung cancer is more important than ever. We encourage our community to get involved in Turquoise Takeover."

Lung cancer screening is key to early diagnosis, and early diagnosis saves lives. Unfortunately, only 5.7% of those at high risk have been screened nationally, including 3% in Florida. Next week, the Lung Association will release new creative for the groundbreaking "Saved By The Scan" campaign called A Hope Story. This new public service announcement educates people who smoke and used to smoke about the low-dose CT scan that can detect lung cancer in the early stages, when the disease is more curable.

The "Saved by the Scan" campaign is making a difference. In fact, more than 750,000 Americans have learned if they are at high risk for lung cancer through the online quiz. If you smoke or smoked, learn more about lung cancer screening at SavedByTheScan.org.

Local Sponsors of this campaign include: Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Kelley/ Uustal, Drum Realty, 15th Street Fisheries, Memorial Cancer Institute, Denison Yachting, We Florida Financial, Alhambra Orchestra, and Parent's Choice Medical Daycare.

Turquoise Takeover Week was created by the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE – a national initiative uniting Americans against lung cancer in 2014. Learn other ways to get involved with Turquoise Takeover at LUNGFORCE.org/TurquoiseTakeover or, in South Florida, www.TurquoiseTakeoverChallenge.org.

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About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

About LUNG FORCE

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE initiative unites women, men and caregivers across the country to stand together against lung cancer, the leading cancer killer. Increased awareness about lung cancer, more education on lifesaving screening and more research funding are critical to fuel lifesaving breakthroughs. Through education, advocacy and research, LUNG FORCE works to provide hope to all those impacted by the disease and save more lives. Find out more at LUNGFORCE.org.

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