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United's Market Street Plans Health Expo

LUBBOCK, Texas — To encourage healthier eating habits, the Market Street division of United Supermarkets here said it plans to host a Better Basket Expo Saturday and Sunday that will include dietitian-led store tours and free health screenings.

The expo is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, with in-store demonstrations continuing through the entire month of January, the company said. Stations spread around the stores will offer dietitian-recommended foods for customers to sample — including fruit — and vegetable-packed smoothies, light proteins and whole-grain snacks; and pharmacists will provide free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol.


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The company said the event is also designed to highlight the tools available on the stores' shelves to help customers, including shelf talkers and health tags highlighting nutritious, healthier options. The health tags, a new element, identify products that are gluten-free, low sodium, heart-healthy, whole grain, high fiber, sugar-free, low in saturated fats and organic.

According to Robin Hawkins, director of health and wellness for the chain, "Our goal is to help our guests make small changes to their food purchases that will allow them to build a better basket."

United is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons.

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