Weight Weight Just Love Me – Reminders – Day 39

Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT

Kate the Haines Dietician is helping Haines, Alaska stay the Healthiest Small Town in America by working with the local grocery store Olerud's to label which are the healthy food choices.

Kate Fossman, the Haines Dietitian, is helping Haines, Alaska stay the Healthiest Small Town in America by working with the local grocery store Olerud’s to label which are the healthy food choices.

Most of the time I know the right things to eat to keep myself in vibrant good health,  but sometimes it’s hard to make the right decision when it comes to “show time.”  And for me “show time” happens two specific times – the first one when I’m feeling rushed while out grocery shopping and the second when I’m famished at home grabbing for the closest thing that looks like it will satisfy my hunger, fast.   So you can well imagine my delight with the bold step taken by my favorite grocery store in Haines, Alaska.   You may have heard of Haines, Alaska as the outdoor adventure capital  – but one of the reasons for this is because Haines, Alaska may also be the healthiest small town in America.  They have a thriving community that supports health in every dimension.  This is where my dietitian Kate, hangs her shingle.  It is for this very reason she set up her practice there. After all, how can you happily pursue an adventurous outdoor lifestyle in anything other than optimal health?

Okay, enough waxing poetic about my utopia Haines.  Just what is it my favorite grocery store, Olerud’s, is doing to help me be a vital member of one of the healthiest small towns in America?  Kate approached them about labeling the foods in their store as “healthy, healthier, or healthiest!”.  This is no small feat as she analyzes everything on the shelves and puts it through her dietitian filter to identify how well these foods will help all of us who shop there make the best decisions for our vitality.  What is so fantastic is Olerud’s is excited about participating.  Grocers live on such small margins and we know it is sometimes the unhealthiest of foods that bring in the biggest profits.  For them to side on the health of the people of Haines, is ultimately the wisest move for their bottom line though as people will be able to trust they have their best interests at heart.  Isn’t that what we want in people who we count on to provide us our daily bread?   So Thank YOU Olerud’s for taking bold steps for all of our enduring good health.   And THANK YOU Kate for following through on this fantastic idea.


Kate’s comment: I would love to echo that “thank YOU” to Olerud’s – and send a thank you for the shout out about it being a big feat! It’s a week long project to get the tags on the shelves, plus a bi-monthly commitment to maintain the tags. I expect people to take them (they do have my contact information if anyone would like to get in touch with me) and move them along the shelves (especially if they’re mischievous). I’m so happy to be a part of the healthiest small town in America!

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