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American Heart Month

ShopRite Celebrates American Heart Month with Tips and Recipes from Registered Dietitians

In celebration of American Heart Month, ShopRite’s Registered Dietitians are helping customers learn about heart-healthy foods and recipes, and continuing to offer free comprehensive nutrition services like one-on-one counseling, grocery story tours and product samplings. Plus, during the month of February, customers can download a recipe book filled with meal ideas that can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet at https://shoprite.com/mealsmadewell.

“We’re committed to letting our customers and associates know that even modest changes to diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower risk for heart disease,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, RD, MS, Wakefern’s Director of Health and Wellness. “As part of our ongoing health and wellness programs, we’re excited to present a recipe book filled with meal ideas that have been chosen by our chefs and dietitians that can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet.”

Shoppers can pick up the free recipe book at the office of their local in-store ShopRite dietitian (while supplies last), or download a copy at https://shoprite.com/mealsmadewell.

Menza-Crowe says managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important to-dos when it comes to taking care of your heart. Below, she shares a few other ways to be heart healthy during the month of February – and all year round.

  • Eat more ‘good’ fats. “Avocados are a great example of a heart healthy fat that can add flavor and nutrition to nearly any meal.”
  • Incorporate whole grains (and more fiber) when you can. “There’s a whole world of whole wheat breads and pastas out there. If you’re just starting to incorporate whole grains into your diet, try mixing whole wheat and regular pasta into one dish.”
  • Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. “If you don’t have time to get to the store as often as you’d like, stock up on frozen fruits and veggies, and add them as needed to meals or, for fruits, try experimenting with smoothies.”
  • Limit added sugars. “Sugar can sneak up in places you’d never suspect. Being mindful of what you’re eating and drinking, and keeping an eye on food information labels is the easiest way to stay on top of your sugar consumption.”

Have more questions about ways to keep your heart healthy? Stop in the office of your local in-store dietitian, or reach out online with a question via ShopRite’s virtual dietitian chat – available by logging into www.shoprite.com.

 

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With 279 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated nearly $50 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.