- As shelter-in-place orders continue, grocery stores are supporting their communities with virtual nutrition-focused programs so customers can always access health advice from their homes.
- Giant food launches weekly classes to promote healthy habits and offer a preventive measure to follow while elective medical visits are suspended. Classes will cover topics such as heart healthy eating, weight and disease management, and a healthy lifestyle in general.
- In Pennsylvania, Weis markets has partnered with the Healthie telehealth platform, which will allow clients to consult with Weis Markets registered dietitians via video chat. Customers can answer questions about healthy eating and cooking, weight control, type 2 diabetes and more.
During much of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC advised healthcare providers to limit non-emergency medical visits, forcing many people to resolve their health and nutrition concerns from their homes.
In a statement, Lisa Coleman, director of healthy lifestyles for Giant Food, said short-term access to regular health care during a crisis can affect long-term living conditions like diabetes and disease. cardiac. Giant Food, which has 11 licensed nutrition professionals, typically offers nutrition resources through in-person classes and consultations, but its new resources can help customers adjust to their new home routines.
With its Healthie partnership, Weis Markets aims to help clients manage pre-existing health issues as well as guide clients who want general nutritional advice. The company will soon add virtual group programs, cooking classes for children and adults and other resources, according to the press release.
Other retailers also continue to make resources available during quarantine. In a recent interview, Jonnell Masson, the diet coordinator for Harmons, based in Utah, told Grocery Dive that the company had started offering one-on-one nutritional counseling via email or phone since the start of the pandemic.
Dieticians have played a more integral role in grocery stores like Raley’s, Kroger, and Hy-Vee in recent years. The trend is expected to continue as grocers look to add services, clean up the quality of their products, and meet consumer demands for healthy eating.