NKY Health Dept. & Meijer host supermarket tours

NKY Health Dept. & Meijer host supermarket tours (WKRC)

FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - If people need to lose weight or balance their blood sugar levels, they might want to consider going shopping.

The Northern Kentucky Diabetes Coalition was offering a free supermarket tour. It's all part of a program where public health specialists have teamed up with Meijer to offer great information if people were at risk of getting diabetes due to increased weight or even family history of the disease.

Linda and Erwin Gundrum recently took a healthy supermarket shopping tour. It's helped Linda lose 80 pounds. They both were living with diabetes.

Julie Shapero, licensed diabetes educator for the NKY Health Dept., said that meant, “Somebody isn't producing any insulin, or the insulin they are producing isn't working well.”

As part of the tours Shapero offers as a diabetes educator, she takes you place to place throughout the store while offering simple steps for better balance.

“It's really important to have a plan, bring a shopping list, because we know that more than 3/4 of people's shopping choices are impulse purchases at the supermarket.”

A supermarket tour can help people learn that when it comes to diabetes or even weight loss, all foods can fit. And it also is really good at dispelling myths. So say for example a person has diabetes and they’ve always been told they shouldn't eat any sugar. Well, believe it or not, some foods with sugar now can be part of a healthy diet if they just balance the carbohydrate.

Many sugar free foods such as jelly still have carbohydrate from the fruit or milk in them. Carbohydrate is what drives up blood sugar levels, not just added sugar. Portion size was also important. The goal was to focus not on what people shouldn't eat but what people should.

The program is Thursday, October 20. Call 859-363- 2116 or CLICK HERE for more information.

It's free, but people do need to register in advance for the 6:30 program at Meijer in Florence.

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