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Big Y lead dietician to discuss NuVal system

May 21, 2012
EAST LONGMEADOW — In the increasingly health-savvy society, consumers are seeking access to more detailed nutritional information. But even after pouring over nutrition labels, often we are still uncertain how to balance variables like fat, carbohydrates, protein and sodium. Should we buy wheat or oatmeal bread? Are pretzels more nutritious than tortilla chips?
These are decisions that the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System at Big Y Foods can help you make — in mere seconds — as you're walking down the supermarket aisle. NuVal scores cut through confusing nutrition information so you can quickly, easily and confidently make nutritious choices for yourself and those you are caring for. The NuVal Scoring System gives food a score from 1 to 100; the higher the score, the more nutritious the food. Scores are posted on Big Y's shelves, next to the price, making it easy to compare overall nutrition of foods at a glance.
NuVal Scores help family caregivers make better decisions about healthy choices for their children and also for their aging parents. With obesity on the rise in both children and adults, this is a quick way to make sure that you are providing the best choices for your family. For those who are caring for an elder with chronic illness such as diabetes or a heart condition, this program is helpful for finding the best choices for them when grocery shopping.
To gain a better understanding of how foods are evaluated by the NuVal Scoring System and how NuVal Scores can help you reach your nutritional goals, join Carrie Taylor, Big Y's Lead Registered Dietitian, for an interactive community presentation at 6:30 p.m., June 21 at Wingate at East Longmeadow, 32 Chestnut St.
Co-sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers, this program is free and open to the public, however, those who wish to attend must RSVP (during business hours) to 525-1893 by June 18.
Nutritious NuVal-Scored snacks will be provided.
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