Kroger, Henry Ford Helping Families Eat Healthier

Henry Ford Health System, a nonprofit health care system based in Detroit, has joined forces with The Kroger Co. to debut LiveWell Wednesdays, a program developed to help families eat healthier, at the retailer’s Michigan stores. Debuting June 1 at all 126 Kroger stores in the state, the program will provide customers with a dietitian/nutritionist-created recipe every Wednesday. Shoppers will receive a brochure containing an ingredient list for the recipe and a link to a cooking demonstration video.

Additionally, Henry Ford LiveWell experts will be on-site every Wednesday through September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at four designated Kroger locations in Commerce Township, Dearborn, Shelby Township and Southgate. The experts will answer questions, help shoppers understand food labeling and explain how to make healthful substitutions. They also will provide counsel on what to consider when cooking for people with food allergies, current food trends and what to always keep in the freezer, refrigerator and pantry.

"We are so excited to be working with a wonderful community partner like Kroger," said Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, SVP of community health and equity, and chief wellness and diversity officer at Henry Ford Health System. "We view wellness as a lifelong journey — a daily commitment to making the right choices when it comes to things like healthy eating. Having a presence inside every Kroger in the state of Michigan is a great way to reach the people in the communities we serve."

"Providing customers nutritious and delicious food is what we do every day," noted Rachel Hurst, consumer affairs manager at The Kroger Co. in Michigan. "We welcome the opportunity to partner with Henry Ford Health System to help customers learn to make healthy choices and prepare foods for the greatest taste and nutrition."

Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banners in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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