Fresno State nutrition and dietetic students are hosting Bulldogs in the Grocery Store, a program that will provides free, public informational tours March 28 through May 12 at two local Save Mart Supermarkets locations.
Each of the 51 weekday tours, which will be at 1157 N. Willow Ave. (at Nees Avenue in Clovis) and 5750 N. First Street (at Bullard Avenue in Fresno), will offer 10 slots with online registration available at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4AA4AF2CA0FE3-guided.
The program will teach the importance of fruits and vegetables in daily diets to provide essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients and encourage healthy immune systems, said Dr. Lisa Herzig, the Fresno State Department of Food Science and Nutrition professor who is coordinating the program. The tours are part of the students’ senior projects.
Herzig said the one-hour tours will improve consumer awareness on the importance of nutrition and will include free educational materials, coupons, budgeting tips and food samples.
“A key part of our food science and nutrition programs is giving students up-close experience working with the community, so this new program is a great addition,” Herzig said. “Being able to physically show fruit and vegetables up close in the store better reinforces our message that all types – fresh, frozen, canned and dried – are easy to incorporate into our diets and improve our nutrition and overall health.”
The program is funded through a $5,000 grant from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.