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Heart-healthy grocery store tours planned

Posted: August 28, 2012 - 12:19pm

Heart-healthy grocery store tours planned

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods have the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Essentia Health registered dietitians offer free grocery store tours to help you learn how to read food labels and choose heart-healthy foods. The 90-minute tours are part of a partnership between the Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center and three local grocery stores: from 6:30-8 pm. Sept. 20, Brainerd Cub Foods; 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 11, Baxter Cub Foods; and 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 12, Pequot Lakes SuperValu.

“There is interest in the community to make heart-healthy choices,” says Denise Cleveland, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition services at Essentia Health in Brainerd. “But everyone could use some extra information to help interpret the food labels and learn more about how we can use that information to make healthy choices.”

The Heart healthy program also placed 400 blue tags identifying items that meet criteria set by the American Heart Association. That means foods with less than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving, less than one gram of saturated fats, and less than .5 gram of trans fat per serving. Of course, the selected foods are just some of the heart-healthy choices available in the stores. Patients are encouraged to talk to their doctor or dietitian for recommendations on specific medical needs.

Tours will be 30 minutes of instruction followed by a one hour guided tour of the store talking about Heart Healthy choices. Pre-registration is required as tour sizes are limited. To register call 828-7583, e-mail hearthealthygrocerytour@essentiahealth.org or online at essentiahealth.org.