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HEALTH & WELLNESS hand book 2017
According to the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance
(RDBA), in 2016 the number of dietitians working in retail
stores neared the 1,000 mark.
While the depth and breadth of what these professionals
offer vary from store to store, one thing remains constant:
no matter the location, dietitians bring business skills and
industry knowledge that help shoppers make smart choices
depending on their personal health and wellness goals.
That’s just the reason Big Y, a family-owned supermarket chain headquartered in Springfield, Mass., brought
independent consulting dietitian Kathy Jordan on board in
Big Y’s independent consulting dietitian Kathy Jordan recently
hosted in-store weight management sessions, which featured
high protein, no added sugar smoothie samples. The event was
just one of many free supermarket tours Jordon frequently hosts
to impart nutrition education for customers.