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Health & Wellness Tips

Written by our Nutritionists, we focus on ensuring you’re living a balanced lifestyle that offers a flexible, livable approach to health and wellness. You’ll not only learn how to experiment with fresh products and how to get your kids involved in the kitchen - we'll also give you valuable advice on how to choose more nutritious foods.

Everything you need to know about sodium and the best practices to follow when consuming or using sodium.


Living gluten-free is not easy, hidden sources of gluten seem to be everywhere. Read on to discover some of these hidden sources and to take control of your gluten-free diet.

Eating a balanced snack is an important part of your day, especially if your meals are more than four hours apart. Read on for some balanced snacks ideas.

Your kids depend on you to give them the habits they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Read on for suggestions on how to encourage your kids to live this type of lifestyle.

Did you know you can gain insight into a fruit or vegetable's nutritional benefit just by looking at its color? Read on to see the various color groups and their corresponding benefits.

We all know that eating healthy can be expensive, however, with the right knowledge everyone can eat healthy and save money at the same time.

OUR NUTRITIONISTS

Holly Doan
RD, LDN

Western and Central PA

I find great joy in helping customers develop healthy habits in an effort to meet their overall wellness goals. My favorite part about my job as an in-store nutritionist is being a support to my clients on their journey to a new lifestyle. I am passionate about empowering you to make the best choices for yourself and your family. I would love to hear your story and get to know a little more about your aspirations and goals. Can't wait to hear from you!

To connect with Holly call or email:
717-909-7012
[email protected]

Shanna Shultz
RD, LDN

Harrisburg, PA

A dash of color, a pinch of portions, and a sprinkle of variety is my recipe for a fun food experience! In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, my hope is to cheer you on in meeting your nutrition goals while maintaining a positive and exciting outlook toward the vitality of food. Whether you're cooking for yourself or a crew, we can create meal ideas together that fit your dietary needs, budget, and most importantly, taste buds!

To connect with Shanna call or email:
717-545-0489
[email protected]

Mary Robinson
RD, LDN

Willow Grove, PA

From crafting delicious dinners to highlighting important vitamins and minerals for your health, I am passionate about providing you with the tools to make the most nutritious choices! With so many different options and opinions, it can be overwhelming to find what works best for your lifestyle. Let's partner together and create a recipe for a healthier you!

To connect with Mary call or email:
215-784-1960
[email protected]

Sarah Glunz
MS, CNS, LDN

Lehigh Valley, Northeastern PA, Northern Philly areas

I am passionate about nutrition because it never ceases to amaze me how the food we eat helps to create who we are. At GIANT I have the opportunity to do group education in the community and in our stores as well as focus my efforts on our own associates' health and wellness.

To connect with Sarah call or email:
717-254-2913
[email protected]

Kilene Knitter
RD, LDN

Lancaster, York and Chester Counties

I believe in a balanced lifestyle approach that brings joy to your life and a smile to your face. Whether you are taking the first step or are already on your wellness journey, I am excited to encourage and work with you to meet your health goals! Together we can find creative ways to enjoy the foods you love and build healthy habits that fit into your lifestyle.

To connect with Kilene call or email:
717-293-1462
[email protected]

Rabiya Bower
RD, LDN

Philly area

As a body positive dietitian, I believe in the strength of wholesome foods to power a healthy lifestyle. I can help you discover nutritious and delicious meals and snacks through workshops for your organization, in-store wellness walks, or other events. I enjoy working with and presenting to diverse groups, from children to senior citizens. Together we can elevate the health and wellness of our community.

To connect with Rabiya call or email:
215-836-4300
[email protected]

Joni Rampolla
RDN, CSOWM, LDN

Southcentral PA

I love working in the grocery store right where food choices are made! I am your enthusiastic and knowledgeable advocate who helps people develop eating and lifestyle solutions for a delicious, healthier life. I can guide you to manage your weight, control a disease state, make healthier choices, avoid an allergen or be a confident shopper who knows how to choose the best foods for your family!

To connect with Joni call or email:
410-552-5107
[email protected]


Guiding Stars

Guiding Stars is a nutrition guidance program to help you quickly navigate to foods with the most nutritional value. Just look for the stars as you shop!

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GIANT Cooking School

Learn about our culinary approach to nutrition, get recipe ideas, and take classes from our nutritionists and local professional chefs. To see what is going on at our Camp Hill and Willow Grove cooking schools, see our Event page.

Events

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Healthy Kids

Join GIANT FOOD STORES in our mission to help kids learn healthy ideas that last a lifetime with our nutrition programs.


Wellness Walks

Take a walk through the store with one of our nutritionists to discover her favorite products and learn quick tips for making better choices. Plus, get samples and coupons! All for free! Find your nearest store location below and register by emailing us or by calling us directly.


                   

  Central PA



Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Thursday, September 12, 10-11am – Mommy & Me: Snack & Support

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Thursday, September 19, 6-7pm – Girls' Night: Wine & Cheese

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Thursday, September 26, 6-7pm – Guest Chef: Executive Chef Christopher Emlet of Houlihan's

Hummelstown - 277 Hershey Rd., Thursday, September 26, 1-2pm – Nutrition Store Tour

Enola - 4510 Marketplace Way, Monday, September 30, 10-11am – Nutrition Store Tour

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, Tuesday, October 1, 1:30-2:30pm - Better for You Bana Bread

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Thursday, October 3, 6-7pm - Date Night - The Perfect Pear ($20 Per Couple)

Harrisburg - 2300 Linglestown Road, Sunday, October 6, 12-2pm - Apple Festival

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Monday, October 7, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Creations - Apple Donuts

Harrisburg - 2300 Linglestown Road, Monday, October 7, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Creations - Apple Donuts

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Thursday, October 10, 6-7pm - Guest Chef - Apple Inspirations with Chef Roebuck ($15)

Harrisburg - 2300 Linglestown Rd., Thursday, October 10, 5:30-6:30pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Tuesday, October 15, 2-3pm - Hippie Hummus

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Monday, October 21, 10-11am - Nutrition Store Tour

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Tuesday, October 22, 5:30-6:30pm - Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice ($5)

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Wednesday, October 23, 10-11am - Mommy & Me - Snack & Support

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Rd., Sunday, October 27, 4-5pm - Family Night - Monster Mash

Mechanicsburg - 6560 Carlisle Pike, Monday, October 28, 3-4pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Enola - 4510 Marketplace Way, Tuesday, October 29, 6-7pm - Trick-or-Treat Night



  South Central PA



Hanover - 801 Baltimore St., Monday, October 21, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Creations

  Eastern PA



Walnutport - 300 S. Best Ave., Wednesday, September 25, 1-2pm – Nutrition Store Tour

Hellertown - 1880 Leithsville Rd, Monday, October 7, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Monday - Apple Donuts



  Philly Area



Blue Bell - 1760 DeKalb Pike, Thursday, September 12, 2-3pm – Guiding Stars Store Tour

Feasterville - 176 W. Street Rd., Thursday, September 12, 2-3pm – Diabetes Store Tour

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Tuesday, September 17, 10-11am – Produce Spotlight: Pears

Langhorne - 168 N. Flowers Mill Rd., Thursday, September 19, 6-7pm – Heart Health Store Tour

Huntingdon Valley - 737 Huntingdon Pike, Thursday, September 19, 10-11am – Heart Health Store Tour

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Wednesday, September 25, 6-7pm – Produce Exploration

Newtown Square - 4844 W. Chester Pike, Thursday, September 26, 10-11am – Diabetes Store Tour

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Tuesday, October 1, 2-3pm - Savvy Snacking – Homemade Hummus

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Thursday, October 3, 6-7pm - Diabetes Store Tour

Bensalem - 2721 Street Rd., Monday, October 7, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Monday - Apple Donuts

Montgomeryville - 1201 Knapp Rd., Monday, October 7, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Monday - Apple Donuts

King of Prussia - 310 S. Henderson Rd., Thursday, October 10, 10-11am - Store Tour

Newtown Square - 4855 W. Chester Pike, Thursday, October 10, 10-11am - Store Tour

Fairless Hills - 471 Oxford Valley Rd., Thursday, October 10, 2-3pm - Heart Health Store Tour

Royersford - 1824 Ridge Pike., Sunday, October 13 11-2pm - Fall Festival

Wynnewood - 50 E. Wynnewood Rd., Thursday, October 17, 10-11am - Store Tour

Norristown - 2670 Egypt Rd., Thursday, October 17, 6-7pm - Store Tour

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Thursday, October 17, 5:30-6:30pm - Simple Swaps - A Guide to Recipe Substitutions

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-6:30pm - Produce Spotlight - Apples

Royersford - 1824 Ridge Pike, Thursday, October 24, 11:30-1:30pm - Mini Chef Creations - Buggy Trail Mix

Royersford - 967 S Township Line Rd., Thursday, October 24, 5-6pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Abington - 2350 Susquehanna Rd., Thursday, October 24, 10-11am - Guiding Stars Store Tour



  York/Lancaster Area



Lititz - 1008 Lititz Pike, Monday, September 23, 2-3pm – Nutrition Store Tour

Quarryville - 100 Townsedge Drive, Thursday, October 3, 4:30-5:30pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Dover - 2130 Palamino Rd., Monday, October 7, 2-3pm - Diabetes Management Class

Lititz - 1008 Lititz Pike, Tuesday, October 8, 2-3pm - Nutrition Store Tour

York - 1255 Carlisle Rd., Thursday, October 17, 5-6pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Lancaster - 1605 Lititz Pike, Tuesday, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Lititz - 1008 Lititz Pike, Tuesday, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Elizabethtown - 1278 S Market Street, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Lancaster - 550 Centerville Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Lancaster - 1360 Columbia Ave., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

York - 275 Pauline Drive, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

York - 2415 East Market Street, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Leola - 10 Newport Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Shrewsbury - 14635 Mt Airy Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

York - 1255 Carlisle Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Dover - 2130 Palomino Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Red Lion - 3175 Cape Horn Rd., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Manchester - 205 Glen Dr., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Mount Joy - 789 East Man St., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Ephrata - 850 East Main St., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Lancaster - 106 Willow Valley Square, October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Quarryville - 100 Townsedge Dr., October 29, 6-8pm - Trick-or-Treat Night

Guiding Stars

Guiding Stars... as easy as 1, 2, 3

Guiding Stars is an objective, evidence-based, nutrition guidance program. The system rates foods as good, better or best to give consumers at-a-glance advice; the more stars a food earns, the more nutritious it is.


What is Guiding Stars?

Guiding Stars helps consumers quickly navigate to foods with the most nutritional value. Products are assigned 1, 2, or 3 Stars, based on their nutritional content. A higher Star rating means the item contains more beneficial nutrients overall, and has fewer nutrients that are best to avoid. With over 100,000 rated foods, making nutritious choices for you and your family is now simpler than ever.

Guiding stars logo

Food with Guiding Stars Have:


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Vitamins
Minerals
Fiber
Whole Grains
Omega-3s

Less:red x
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Added Sodium
Added Sugars
Artificial Colors



Look for the Guiding Stars on Products as you Shop

Based on the scientific consensus and informed by national or international policy, Guiding Stars has offered transparent and relevant nutritional guidance since 2006. Keep a lookout for the Stars on shelf tags throughout the store! If you don’t see a rating, no worries; not all products meet the Guiding Stars’ criteria to earn a Star rating.

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Still have questions? See FAQs about Guiding Stars or learn more at guidingstars.com.