Grocery tours for those with diabetes

Reading food labels can help individuals make healthy food choices. But knowing what to look for on food labels is the key.

The May meetings for Riverwood’s Diabetes Support Groups in Aitkin and McGregor will feature a tour of two grocery stores led by Megan Zillmer, Riverwood dietitian. The McGregor support group will tour Ukura’s Big Dollar Store, Wed., May 4, 9 to 10 a.m. The Aitkin group will tour Paulbeck’s County Market, Thurs., May 12, 4 to 5 p.m.

Each tour will include highlights of each section of the grocery store. Zillmer will mainly discuss the food labeling system and how food labels can influence people to eat certain foods. Participants will learn how to navigate the food label and ingredient list to help make healthy food decisions.

“Reading the nutrition facts label and using the information it contains can help you shop smart and improve your eating habits,” Zillmer says. “Diet is an important piece to blood glucose control, so having a good understanding of the food label will be very helpful.”

As the tour group size is limited, pre-registration is required. To sign up, call Renee Fliss, Riverwood Diabetes Center, at (218) 927-8281. There is no cost for participants.

Riverwood’s Diabetes Support Groups meet monthly, the first Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m. at the McGregor clinic; and on the second Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Riverwood Diabetes Center at the hospital in Aitkin. Different topics are addressed each month, and family members of those with diabetes are welcome.