Supermarket RDs

The supermarket RDs home base is the same place where people make decisions about what to feed their families every day.  Dietitians work closely with…pharmacies and other departments to provide…specific information for many health related issues

By: Nikki Nies

Do you ever find yourself in the grocery aisle trying to remember what yogurt your doctor recommended?  Or what foods would be best to improve your digestion?  On average, Americans make 61 trips to the grocery store.  That statistic sheds light on how much food is a part of our daily activities, necessities and overall life.
Original Image by USDA via Flickr
Original Image by USDA via Flickr

With so many choices in every aisle, it’s no wonder it can become overwhelming.  Crunched for time can also be a limiting factor, but have no fear.  The 2012 Supermarket Dietitian Symposium has recognized consumers cries and have worked to place Registered Dietitians (RD) at consumers fingertips.

Who better to suggest products for your specific needs than an in store dietitian at your finger tips.  Supermarket RD have been provided the tools to not only share their nutrition knowledge, but have been given resources to create promotions and educate their clients.
So, where can you find a store with a RD?  Check out local listings for RDs at Kroger, King Soopers, ShopRite, Meijer, H-E-V, Giant Eagle, Bashas’,Schnuck’s,  Hy-Vee and Wegmans.
RDs eagerly do in store cooking demonstrations, counseling,produce pamphlets and brochures, community events, shelf tags that indicate their healthier options (see picture above), nutrition focused store tours and any other creative events consumers would enjoy and find beneficial.
Eating is an essential aspect of life and although barriers may ensue with chronic diseases, eating disorders and/or basic interest in eating better, RDs are available to help consumers along their journey to healthy eating.  This is not just a trend, but a new aspect of grocery stores that has been embraced by many, who can’t believe they’ve survived without a RD by their time all this time.  There’s so many resources that RDs have to offer and with an increased appreciation and need for RDs, I’m sure you’ll see more in your local supermarket’s soon!

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