Story by Sara Paul
An Ugli Fruit is really not that ugly; it’s not yet proven that Passion Fruit’s powers might add some spice to a marriage; and the tragically ignored Starfish Fruit is actually both delicious and decorative on any salad.
These are just some of the healthy lessons learned at a National Nutrition Month ceremony at ShopRite in Warwick on Mon., Mar 26.
Highlighting the supermarket’s edible efforts, Orange County Executive Steve M. Neuhaus spent the morning chatting with registered dieticians, sampling some sweet fruity treats, and honoring staff with a proclamation.
“Taking responsibility for what we eat and how we exercise plays an important part in our overall well-being,” Neuhaus said. “I appreciate that ShopRite’s dietitians continue to spread awareness about how Orange County residents can become healthy and more physically fit. National Nutrition Month provides ShopRite an opportunity to highlight the great services its dietitians provide year round.”
After a few bites and some inquisition, Neuhaus admitted, “I usually walk by these odd fruits, but now I like them and can bring some home for my kids. As a father, this is really important.”
Indeed, one of the goals of the ShopRite initiative is focused on getting kids to start eating healthy at a young age.
ShopRite of Warwick’s own registered dietician, Gina McAteer urges, “Obesity is a national epidemic, so we want people to know you can eat healthy on a budget. Families should try different foods so kids don’t just have to choose from only apples and bananas.”
Tom Urtz, Vice President of Operations, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., who favors the Rambutan and the Confetti Eggplant, and Sarah Daudamn, Dietician Manager, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc., were also in attendance.
With the theme of the 2018 National Nutrition Month “Go Further With Food,” ShopRite’s team of dietitians continues to provide free nutrition programs to residents throughout Orange County, including grocery store tours, corporate wellness presentations, individual and family counseling, and associate programs. The dieticians can also assist residents with their diabetic and weight management needs.
“We have unbelievably qualified dieticians here who do so much for the community. It’s just great to honor them back,” noted Store Director, Charlie Sladek. “This is a great program and it’s free! It’s surprising that more people don’t use it.”
(One final fruity note: This reporter recommends the Strawberry Papaya and the Black Mission Figs!)