Food City, a supermarket chain operating in the United States, has launched a new initiative to help its customers with diabetes manage their condition through a healthy diet. The program, called Diabetes Wellness, offers free nutrition education, diabetes-friendly recipes, and discounts on diabetic products.
The Diabetes Wellness program is designed to provide support and guidance to people with diabetes who want to improve their health and quality of life. The program is free and open to anyone who registers at the Food City website or app. Participants can access a variety of resources, such as:
- Online classes and webinars on topics such as carbohydrate counting, meal planning, label reading, and diabetes management.
- Monthly newsletters with tips, articles, and recipes from registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators.
- A digital cookbook with over 100 diabetes-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.
- A coupon book with savings on diabetic products, such as glucose meters, test strips, lancets, insulin, and medications.
- A loyalty card that rewards customers with points for purchasing healthy foods and diabetic products at Food City stores.
The benefits of a healthy diet for diabetes
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a healthy diet can help prevent and manage diabetes, as well as other noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A healthy diet for people with diabetes includes:
- Fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains that are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Lean protein sources, such as fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, soy, and beans that help regulate blood sugar levels and promote muscle growth.
- Healthy fats, such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish that contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular complications.
- Limited intake of added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, salt, and processed foods that can raise blood glucose levels and increase the risk of obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
Food City: a leader in community health
Food City is not only a supermarket chain but also a leader in community health. The company has been recognized for its efforts to promote wellness and prevent chronic diseases among its customers and employees. Some of the initiatives that Food City has implemented are:
- The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System that rates the nutritional value of foods on a scale from 1 to 100 based on their nutrient content and health impact.
- The Healthy Selections program that identifies foods that meet certain criteria for calories, fat, sodium, sugar, and fiber per serving.
- The Pharmacy Care program that provides free health screenings, immunizations, medication reviews, and consultations with pharmacists.
- The ValuCard Wellness Club that offers discounts on prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements, and health services.
Food City is committed to helping its customers with diabetes live healthier and happier lives. By joining the Diabetes Wellness program, participants can benefit from the expertise of nutrition professionals, the convenience of online tools, the savings of coupons and rewards points.