UNION — A grocery store tour lead by a registered dietitian which seeks to help people make healthier choices when grocery shopping returns to Bi-Lo Thursday, Jan. 28.
“Nutritional Nagivation: A Grocery Store Tour” is a tour of Upstate grocery stores lead by Registered Dietitian Kerry L. Lindberg of the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
The tours involve Lindberg taking residents on a tour of a local grocery store, sharing with them tips on a variety of nutritional subjects including what to look for on a food label, healthy cooking tips, recipes and general advice on shopping.
Lindberg has previously brought the tour to Union, the last time being in December. She will once again bring the tour back to Union, leading a tour of Bi-Lo at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
During her last visit to Union, Lindberg explained that the concept of Nutritional Navigation is to bring participants to the store for what she called “an interactive experience.” The tour involves visits to each aisle in the store with Lindberg focusing on two or three items in each aisle.
The main question Lindberg seeks to answer on each tour is “what about this product is good for me.”
Lindberg’s answer is that anything in the produce section is in general good for you.” Adding that the goal is to have 50 percent of the meals a person eats each day be produce.
At the same time they should increase their consumption of produce, Lindberg said people should also cut back on their meat consumption. She pointed out that meat is the not only the most expensive food item people buy, it is also the most time-consuming to prepare and has the biggest influence on disease.
The risks associated with eating meat, particularly red and processed meats, include increased risk of heart disease, especially for diabetics, and cancer. The large number of calories in meat, especially meat with a great deal of fat, contributes to obesity which in turn contributes to heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Lindberg also talks about eating a “rainbow” a day, meaning the different colors of produce. She pointed out that different colors of produce have different levels of vitamins and minerals people need to stay healthy.
“If you are getting all of those colors your are getting all those vitamins and minerals,” Lindberg said.
Persons who want to participate in the Jan. 28, Nutritional Navigation tour of Bi-Lo should register by calling 864-560-4472 or going online at SpartanburgRegional.com/Events. Reservations should be made in advance as space is limited to six participants per tour.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.