BETHESDA, Md. — In honor of National Nutrition Month, Giant Food will host a demonstration here March 12 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on how to use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPyramid tools in conjunction with the retailer’s Healthy Ideas shelf tag program.
Dr. Robert Post, deputy director of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, will introduce consumers to the MyPyramid Planner, and Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor for Giant Food, will showcase the Healthy Ideas program. The event will conclude with a practice shopping trip.
More than 3,000 products have received the Healthy Ideas symbol, meaning they have less fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium according to USDA standards. It also means that they are a good source of at least 10% of the daily value for one nutrient (protein, fiber, vitamins A or C, or the minerals calcium or iron).
“Our customers want to lead healthier lives,” said Astrachan in a statement. “Giant Food is making it easier for them to do so by using the Healthy Ideas labels on our store shelves. Healthy Ideas is the only in-store labeling program that identifies truly healthy foods.”
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