Healthy eating and heart health the topic of grocery store tours

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Story Updated: Feb 16, 2012

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - February is heart month, so when Price Chopper stores were setting up their monthly tours, the emphasis was on eating healthy for your heart.

On Friday at the South Utica store, Crystal Wilkins, a registered dietitian, walked around with customers, pointing out foods to eat more of and foods to avoid. She also talked about the Nuval system - a nutritional scoring system that gives each product a number of 1 through 100, with the healthier food getting a higher number.

"When I take anybody on a tour, I always preach three things, and that's balance, variety and moderation," Wilkins said. "I never like to tell anybody that you shouldn't eat this or that, ya know? It's all about making healthier choices."

The stores give a tour every month at their Utica and Rome locations, with their topic normally being diabetes. However, since February is Heart month, the store switched up the program just a bit.

"When you are looking at heart health, you want to eat less fat, less saturated fat, less trans fat, less sodium intake," Wilkins said. "You want to try and include more fruits and vegetables, more fiber, lots of vitamins and minerals. You want to try and limit things like desserts and pastries and all of those sweet things that have all those fats in them."

There's a tour every month at the stores, and you can get the schedule at any Price Chopper Customer Service desk.

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