Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 13, 2012

Mercy & Hy-Vee team up to help area families make healthy food choices on a limited budget


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — On Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m., Mercy Medical Center, Hy-Vee and the Appanoose County Wellness Coalition will be holding a supermarket tour to show area families how to make healthy choices at the store on a limited budget.  

During the tour, dubbed “Shopping Matters for Adults,” participants will get plenty of hands-on practice as they learn how to compare unit prices, purchase fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare food labels, and pick out whole grains.

Tour organizer Natalie Rindt, RD/LD, Mercy Dietician cited the growing need for families to learn how to make the best possible use of their resources when shopping for food in this difficult economy.  

“Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters,” nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Wal-Mart, developed “Shopping Matters for Adults” based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality.  The program aims to promote real changes to food shopping habits by creating a dynamic learning experience for participants.    

The tour will be held at Hy-Vee Food Store located on North 18th St. in Centerville.  

Advanced registration is required. The first 10 people who register will receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card.  

For more information contact Heather McKelvey, health promotion coordinator at (641) 437-4422 or by email to:  hmckelvey@mercydesmoines.org.