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Tri-Cities dietitians to offer advice at local stores

March 6th, 2014 11:15 am by Staff Report

Tri-Cities dietitians to offer advice at local stores

This March, to celebrate National Nutrition Month, registered dietitians and nutrition students affiliated with the Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are partnering with Food City and Audrey Kessler, Food City’s Corporate Dietitian for “Ask the RD.”

“Ask the RD” nutrition stations will be set up in the produce department of four Food City locations. Nutritional information, trivia games and samples of a simple, nutritious recipe will be offered, in addition to giveaways and a door prize.

The dietitians and students will be available to assist customers with nutrition-related shopping and questions.
The reigning Miss Food City, Kayla Neikirk, will also be on hand at three of the four events. Neikirk is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in allied health sciences, with a concentration in nutrition and foods at East Tennessee State University. She is also a member of ETSU’s Student Dietetic Association.

Nutrition stations have been scheduled for the following Food City locations:

• Thursday, March 6, 5 to 7 p.m., Food City, 500 Forest Drive, Jonesborough.

• Thursday, March 13, 5 to 7 p.m., Food City, 1205 N. Eastman Road, Kingsport.

• Thursday, March 20, 5 to 7 p.m., Food City, 1315 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va.

• Thursday, March 27, 5 to 7 p.m., Food City, 2755 E. Andrew Johnson Highway, Greeneville.

“National Nutrition Month (NNM) is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” according to the academy website,

“The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes the academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.”

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