In addition, the store added a "Dietitian's Corner" office and welcomed Julie Harrington R.D., as its in-store retail dietitian. In her new role, Harrington will be providing nutrition counseling and programming at the store and at local community events. ShopRite's retail dietitian program is designed to provide customers with a free wellness resource while they are shopping or planning meals. ShopRite of Lyndhurst also hosts a LiveRight calendar of events featuring healthy food and meal preparation tips for people of all ages.
"The addition of Julie to our team is very valuable to our customers, who have already embraced the opportunity to learn more and gain advice regarding healthy eating options," said Slavko Profaca, store manager. "At ShopRite of Lyndhurst, our goal is to help our customers, in whatever way we can, to make sound food purchases that are good for them and their families."
Each month, dietitians at Inserra's ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey and New York State host a series of events for the general public. In addition to small group and one-on-one counseling, they host healthy cooking classes, recipe demonstrations, pantry makeover seminars and in-store aisle tours.
Prior to joining ShopRite of Lyndhurst, Harrington was a personal chef, cookbook author and culinary nutritionist. She served her dietetic internship at the College of St. Elizabeth and is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. Professional memberships include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and New Jersey Dietetic Association.
Inserra Supermarkets has deep-rooted ties to the Township of Lyndhurst, where Inserra family patriarch Patsy Inserra established the company's flagship store in 1954. Although the original store no longer exists, ShopRite of Lyndhurst always has been and continues to be affectionately referred to as "Patsy's," as homage to its founding father.
Promoting wellness is an overriding philosophy at Inserra Supermarkets, which also recently expanded its heart-healthy Chef Express menu choices. During the course of each week, the creative culinary minds at each Inserra Supermarkets ShopRite create flavorful, nutritious ready-to-heat entrees.
Inserra Supermarkets is widely acknowledged as a good corporate citizen dedicated to making life better for local residents. One recent activity includes ShopRite Partners in Caring, which challenges associates to band together as part of National Hunger Action Month to raise awareness and funds to alleviate hunger in their local communities. The company also supports the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, based in Hillside, and Table to Table, the first food rescue program serving Northern New Jersey.
For more information about ShopRite's dietitian services, visit shoprite.com/