Local Dietitian Shows Bowling Green Residents How to Shop Healthy at the Grocery Store

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

The Medical Center puts on a grocery store tour to show people how to eat healthier and live longer.

Registered Dietitian Linda Howsen says going to the grocery store, and shopping healthy can be very difficult.

Reading a nutrition label can be like reading another language.

When holding grocery store tours, Howsen wants to change people's lifestyles for healthier living.

"I try to really make it as simple as I possibly can, and make it something usable, instead of something intimidating, and something that really makes no sense to them," Howsen says.

Both people who participated this morning had heart conditions.

Howsen focused on educating about sodium intake, but she says she educates people with other underlying conditions differently.

She says she would focus on lower fat intake for those with high cholesterol and for those with diabetes she would lower the intake of carbs.

She educates people of all ages, for different reasons.

"Sometimes it's just, people who just want to come and learn about how to really just dissect a grocery store and how to come in and really understand how a food label works, or how to go to different departments of the store and figure out the healthiest way to eat. So, It really runs the gamut and sometimes they have diseases and conditions and sometimes they just want to learn about healthy eating," Howsen says.

Pat Wilson had open-heart surgery within the last year.

She has taken several classes for better health.

"I was very uneducated on what was in what I was eating just did not know, and after you're sick you are eager to learn," Wilson says.

Richard Geraghty had open-heart surgery just five weeks ago.

He admits his love for polish sausages, ice cream and popcorn had a major affect on his health.

Today. he learned just how bad those foods are for him, and has decided to live healthier.

"It's a thing I cherish now, where before I would just eat what I felt like eating. Now, I'll be more careful and I'll last a lot longer," Geraghty says.

Howsen says its key to eat your favorite foods in moderation, but she adds produce has no limit.

To sign-up for a grocery store tour visit the Medical Center Health and Wellness Center.

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