Nutrition-wise blog

Grocery stores make shopping easier and healthier

By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. August 6, 2010

My racing car grocery cart was packed with children and food — and yet everyone was happy. I can only take credit for the choice of store. The real credit goes to my local grocer. I frequent this store not only for the weekly sales and friendly hometown service, but also because of the perks that make shopping so much easier — such as a free piece of fruit for the kids and baggers who load your groceries into your car.

Grocery stores have realized that they can attract customers by offering more services. Hence the addition of banks, post offices, child care facilities and pharmacies. But the best grocery stores still focus on offering top quality foods — and helping consumers make healthy choices. To aid customers, some grocery stores display educational posters and have chefs highlight healthy cooking techniques. Others pull out all the stops and employ dietitians to provide nutrition advice.

Do your local grocery stores offer these services? Do the perks influence your buying habits? Are you making healthier choices? What other services would you like to see?

To your health,

Katherine

Aug. 06, 2010