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SCKMC to Offer Nutritional Shopping Tours

March 19, 2014

(Arkansas City, KS) - South Central Kansas Medical Center is promoting a new line of free, hands-on seminars in order to educate people on the importance of proper nutrition. Diane Ray, the hospital's Registered Dietitian, has planned a variety of "Grocery Store Tours" designed to walk participants down the aisles of local grocery stores.

(Arkansas City, KS) - South Central Kansas Medical Center is promoting a new line of free, hands-on seminars in order to educate people on the importance of proper nutrition. Diane Ray, the hospital's Registered Dietitian, has planned a variety of "Grocery Store Tours" designed to walk participants down the aisles of local grocery stores.

The first two tours of the series are "Shopping for Diabetic/Heart Health." A morning session will be held at 10:00 a.m. on March 25th, and repeated at 1:00 p.m. on April 2nd. Both tours will meet at the Ark City Dillon's store. According to the hospital's website the tours are "designed to point out healthy and tasty options for those with specific diet restrictions."

"Nutrition is the basis to a lot of our disease problems. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gastro-intestinal diseases come back a lot to just their dietary intake. People that have heart disease may have diabetes or vive-versa," Ray explained.

Reservations are required for the tours and can only be made through the hospital website, www.sckmc.org. The tours are limited to no more than six participants, allowing each session to be tailored to each person's individual needs, a concept that Ray has been eager to share.

"Through the diet counseling that I've done, I always thought, 'If I could just take them to the grocery store and help them.' You can take them so far (in counseling) but actually going and looking down the aisles, and looking at the labels just changes the whole picture. Everyone comes from a different type of background, what foods they have been used to so it's great to be one-on-one. I really enjoy it," Ray said.

Other themes for the hospital's tours will be "Healthy Eating for Families on the Go" and "Nutrition for Seniors." Ray has set some common goals for every tour, to make grocery shopping as simple as possible through healthy food choices and label reading, and to be budget conscious.

"I want to help people to make wise choices when they go to the grocery store. I want them to know what the healthy foods are, how to read the labels, and the importance of being prepared," Ray said. "Seventy percent of the people that go to the grocery store go unprepared. They don't have a list. They make their decisions right there in the store, so a lot of times they just start putting things in the cart that aren't healthy."

 Pictured (from left): Dr. Tyson Blatchford, Registered Dietitian Diane Ray, and Physician Assistant Racquel Szabo focus on nutrition as an important part of a healthy lifestyle for their patients at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Ray is now offering free grocery store tours for the general public.

Pictured (from left): Dr. Tyson Blatchford, Registered Dietitian Diane Ray, and Physician Assistant Racquel Szabo focus on nutrition as an important part of a healthy lifestyle for their patients at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Ray is now offering free grocery store tours for the general public.