GIANT FOOD Stores Have Nutritionists On Staff To Benefit You
I have been shopping GIANT Food Stores for years. I am not talking about two or three years but my whole life. I grew up in a suburb of Baltimore and in that region, MARTIN’S is the sister store of GIANT and MARTIN’S is where my mom did our shopping. I felt I was pretty well versed in the happenings, deals and programs offered by GIANT but recently I sat down with Sylvia Warner, MEd, RD, LDN and she educated me on the Nutrition program offered by GIANT. I was blown away by this service in our community!
GIANT employs ten licensed dietary nutritionists/ registered dietitians and has them places strategically around the region. These professionals are made available to you, the customers of GIANT.
Guests are able to make an appointment with them to talk about:
Adjusting your dietary restrictions due to recent diagnosis.
How to get your kids to eat more vegetables.
How to better manage your diabetes.
Make better food choices while shopping.
Create a meal plan that goes beyond the box.
and so much more!!!
Have you ever sat down with a nutritionist to talk about any of these things?
Have you looked at the cost involved to have that conversation?
I know my insurance doesn’t cover talking to a nutritionist as part of preventative care. I wish it would, but it doesn’t. So I am able to go and make an appointment with one of the GIANT nutritionist and learn so much!
How does it work?
Make an appointment at a store that has in in house nutritionist on staff. It will be an hour appointment and you will have her undivided attention. If you are going for a nutritional consult she may have you record a food diary for a few days. Just keep track of what you ate at what time. This will give her an idea of your habits and how she might better steer you toward better health.
Once you are at your appointment she goes over your goals, your nutritional diary and then helps guide you through reaching your goals.
During my appointment with Sylvia I wanted to get her advise on incorporating more fish in our family diet and how I could increase my water intake. I learned that I should be drinking half my body weight in ounces. So for instance, lets say I weighed 100 pounds. I don’t weigh 100 pounds, but that is a nice round number to use. In the course of a day I should be drinking 50 ounces of water. I am not a fan of the taste of water. I know I should be but I am more of a flavor girl.
I told Sylvia that I have been using ‘flavor sticks’ in my water. Even though I double the amount of water per packet, I am still concerned about the artificial sweeteners and the dyes in the flavor stick. Sylvia was able to tell me about two products that I was unaware of that would add flavor to my water with out adding artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors. Stur and a product put out by Crystal Light called, Pure. With out talking to Sylvia I wouldn’t have known about these flavor options for my water! Now I have options for adding flavor to my water regiment with out all the ingredients I don’t want in my water.
My second concern was encouraging my family to eat more fish. I am so fortunate that my youngest daughter LOVED salmon. Her future dates better start saving now because this girl love to eat her fish! But the rest of my family is less than excited when it comes to eating their portion of fish. Sylvia gave me some great ideas on how to make home made fish sticks and salmon cakes. She also gave me a party recipe that included low fat cream cheese, a can of salmon, a grated onion and crushed walnuts. A fish cheese ball. Oh, now she was talking my language! I love to talk about recipes!
There is a transaction at the end of you session. In exchange for their services the nutritionist will record your bonus card number and ask for a $20 payment. But it isn’t a payment, per say. That $20 is turned right around and given back to you in a $20 GIANT gift card. I was fine with that. I am going to be spending more than $20 at GIANT this week any way!
Why does GIANT do this?
My interview was not just about me and my families needs. I wanted to know WHY GIANT would put their resources into employing these skilled professionals for the community without charging an arm and a leg? It is part of their commitment to give back to the community. GIANT has many programs that benefit the community that they are part of. For example, every spring and fall they have the Bag Hunger program. These fundraisers provide thousands of meals by supporting hundreds of hunger relief agencies in the areas where they operate. In 2014, they donated more than $12 million to local food banks and pantries.
Don’t forget to have your bonus card registered to benefit a school! It could be your child’s school, your neighborhood school or a school you want to support. A+ School Rewards are points that supporters earn with each purchase made using their GIANT Card. At the end of each month, the points earned are used in a calculation to determine your school’s cash total, which is then automatically credited to your school’s account. Customers can support up to two schools to benefit from their A+ School Rewards that accrue.
Would you meet with a nutritionist?
So what about you? Do you think you would take advantage of this service that GIANT offers.
I sat down with Sylvia for about an hour but I could tell she has so much to offer me and my family. She sent me home with a small stack of recipe cards, a meal plan calendar and more information about how my family can improve our nutrition. She was so personable, easy to talk to and didn’t laugh at any of my silly questions. She did tell me that guests are always welcome to stop by her office if the door is open and she will answer a quick question or help you make a food choice. I thought that was wonderful!
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