Essentia Health Partners with Cub Foods/Super Valu to Highlight Heart-Healthy Choices

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Cub Foods/Super Valu to Highlight Heart-Healthy Choices

Shoppers at Cub Foods and Super Valu stores in the Brainerd Lakes Area now have an easier time identifying heart-healthy choices. 

The Brainerd Lakes Heart & Vascular Center at Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center has partnered with Cub Foods stores in Brainerd and Baxter and the Super Valu store in Pequot Lakes to highlight products that are good for the heart.

Starting this month, blue tags will point out hundreds of items that are lower in sodium, saturated fats and sugars, and have more fiber. As part of the program, registered dietitians from Essentia Health will host grocery store tours to help educate consumers.

“There is interest in the community to make heart-healthy choices,” says Denise Cleveland, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition services at Essentia Health in Brainerd. “But everyone could use some extra information to help interpret the food labels and learn more about how we can use that information to make healthy choices.”

The blue tags note items that meet criteria set by the American Heart Association. That means foods with less than 480 milligrams of sodium per serving, less than one gram of saturated fats, and less than .5 gram of trans fat per serving.

There’s more and more evidence to support that when we consume a low sodium diet, it can reduce our chances of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and heart failure,” Cleveland notes. “By reducing total fats and increasing fiber in our diets, we can help to improve cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy body weight.” 
Grocery store leaders are excited to be part of the new program and see this as yet another way to provide great service to their customers. “Customers are always looking for the heart-healthy alternative,” says Chris Quisberg, president of the participating grocery stores. “Everybody is strapped for time. This allows shoppers to see the items quickly and know it is backed by the American Heart Association.”

The blue tags will line store shelves for the next year. Cleveland hopes it will encourage shoppers to make healthy choices.

This is a positive opportunity to provide the nutritional expertise that our registered dietitians can bring in educating our community about choices that impact us every day,” Cleveland says.

Of course, the selected foods are just some of the heart-healthy choices available in the stores. Patients are encouraged to talk to their doctor or dietitian for recommendations on specific medical needs. 

(Taken from a press release from Essentia Health. Reposted with their premission)

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