Get discounts on healthy food, nutrition advice, free health screenings and more perks from these supermarkets near you.
Many groceries serve up health initiatives worth taking advantage of. In-house dietitians have become a regular presence in one third of all supermarkets; you also can get cholesterol screenings and cooking demonstrations starring healthy ingredients—many free of charge. Below, a taste of health-promoting programs around the country.
At Hy-Vee (235 stores in 8 states; visit hy-vee.com for locations)
• Get nutrition advice: Every Hy-Vee store is equipped with a full-time dietitian to answer nutrition questions ("What should I eat if I'm vitamin D–deficient?") and lead shopping tours (tips include how to decipher food labels).
• Attend cooking demos: Individual stores have different programs. In one, Wellness Wednesday, stores offer a 10 percent discount on their line of natural products.
At Kroger (more than 2,400 stores in 31 states; visit kroger.com for locations)
• Get nutrition advice: In many stores, in-house dietitians are available for nutrition consultations. Store tours and classes cover such subjects as guarding against diabetes, shopping with heart health in mind and learning which foods can help prevent osteoporosis.
• Use wellness kiosks: Stores with pharmacies have machines for body-fat analysis, body mass index (BMI) reports and screenings for diabetes and heart disease.
At Publix (more than 1,000 stores in the Southeast; visit publix.com for locations)
• Get health screenings: Head to any store with a pharmacy for free blood-pressure and diabetes screenings and similar services.
• Use wellness kiosks: Look for in-store kiosks that offer healthy menu–planning tips and ingredient suggestions.
At Safeway (more than 1,400 stores nationwide; visit safeway.com for locations)
• Use wellness kiosks: Safeway has installed self-service machines for weight, blood-pressure and body-mass index screenings in 700 of its stores.
At Shop Rite (250 stores in the Northeast; visit shoprite.com for locations)
• Attend cooking demos: During the LiveRight with ShopRite campaign, registered dietitians offer ideas on how to eat healthy at home. Kids can take cooking classes, while adults can learn nutritious recipes—from appetizers to desserts.
At Walmart (more than 4,000 stores nationwide; visit walmart.com for locations)
• Get discounts on healthy food: Humana insurance members can score up to a 10 percent discount on more than 1,300 items marked with a Great for You icon; think fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. Savings are loaded onto a card and can be applied toward future purchases.