Grocery Store Dieticians
"My blood pressure was so high, the Red Cross wouldn't take my blood," admitted Lois Korsland, "so I knew I had to do something."
That was the rude awakening Korsland needed to improve her eating habits.
"I do know portion size is a problem for me," she added.
During a routine trip to the grocery store, Korsland saw something that could solve her problem.
"I saw the lessons here, the brochure that I could pick up," she explained.
It's a concept Hy-Vee has launched across the U.S.
"If someone has any questions regarding weight management or diabetes, low cholesterol, or any special health topics, they can come in and see me on a one-on-one basis," said in-store dietician Paula Vanderlicht.
Now Korsland has help when she grocery shops, including an organic health food section.
Health-conscious consumers even worry about their sweet tooth, even though a smaller bag of organic chocolate chips costs twice as much as a larger bag of Nestle's.
But, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the percentage of obese Missouri residents more than doubled, from 12%-25%, in the past 15 years.
"So the biggest thing is all the fast food and all the eating out that people are doing and not realizing some quick, healthy ways to get at your supermarket to fix at home," said Vanderlicht.
Consultations are free now, while Hy-Vee negotiates prices for appointments.