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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]

Charlotte Scheid
RD, LDN

Red Lion, PA

I believe that healthy eating should be easy, delicious and enjoyable! Making good food choices enhances our lifelong health and wellbeing. What I love most about my job is being part of the community and inspiring others to live healthier lives through food.

To connect with Charlotte call or email:
717-246-7137
[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 Road, February 11, 6-7pm - Galentine's Night Out - $10 Fee

Hershey - 1250 Cocoa Avenue, February 12, 12-1:30pm - Savor the Season Sampling Event

Camp Hill - 3301 E Trindle Road, February 13, 10-11am - Valentine's Story & Snack

West Lawn - 2104 Van Reed Road, February 15, 10-2pm - Heart Health Event: Health Screenings, Samples

Mechanicsburg - 255 Cumberland Parkway, February 21, 12-1:30pm - Savor the Season Sampling Event

Camp Hill - 3301 E Trindle Road, February 25, 5:30-6:30pm - Low Sodium Supper Starters

Enola - 4510 Marketplace Way, February 27, 11-12pm - Make Your Own: Power Bowl

Harrisburg - 2300 Linglestown Rd., March 3, 12-1:30pm - Savor the Season Sampling

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, March 3, 5:30-6:30pm - Gluten Free Baking - $5

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, March 12, 10-11am - Sheet Pan Breakfast

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, March 15, 2-3pm - Kids' St. Patrick's Day Story & Snack

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, March 17, 6-7pm - St. Patrick's Day Girls Night Out - $10

Harrisburg - 4211 Union Deposit Rd., March 19, 12-1:30pm - Savor the Season Sampling

Lebanon - 835 Bowman Ave., March 20, 3-4pm - Meal Solutions Store Tour and Demo

West Reading - 2641 Shillington Rd., March 23, 5-6pm - Meal Solutions Store Tour

Enola - 4510 Marketplace Way, March 24, 11-12pm - Prediabetes and Diabetes Management

Camp Hill - 3301 E. Trindle Road, March 24, 5:30-6:30pm - Spring Sweets - $5

Enola - 4510 Marketplace Way, March 27, 11-12pm - Produce Highlight: Pineapple & Asparagus

  Lehigh Valley/Northern PA



East Stroudsburg – 300 Lincoln Avenue, February 25, 1-2pm – Heart Health Class

Bloomsburg - 1000 Scott Town Center, March 16, 4-6pm - Green Superfoods Sampling

Lehighton - 1241 Blakeslee Blvd., March 20, 11-12pm - Meal Solutions Store Tour

Quakertown - 1465 W. Broad Street, March 31, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

Quakertown - 1465 W. Broad Street, March 31, 4-5pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Quakertown - 1465 W. Broad Street, March 31, 5:30-6:30pm - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

  Philly Area



Bensalem - 2721 Street Road, February 13, 2-3pm - Heart Healthy Nutrition

North Wales - 1201 Knapp Road, February 13, 5:30-6:30pm - Low Sodium Suppers

Bensalem - 2721 Street Road, February 13, 6-7pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Flourtown - 1874 Bethlehem Pike, February 14, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Creations: Minnie Bow Bites

Willow Grove - 315 York Road, February 17, 10-12pm - Mini Chef Creations: Minnie Bow Bites

Willow Grove - 315 York Road, February 20, 10-11am - Heart Healthy Nutrition

Plumsteadville - 5858 Easton Road, February 20, 10-11am - Nutrition Store Tour

Doylestown - 4357 Swamp Road, February 20, 2-3pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Willow Grove - 315 York Road, February 20, 1-2pm - Nutrition Store Tour

North Wales - 1201 Knapp Road, February 25, 2-3pm - Heart Healthy Nutrition

Feasterville - 176 W. Street Road, February 27, 2-3pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Horsham - 314 Horsham Road, February 27, 6-7pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Warrington - 1661 Easton Road, March 3, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

Aston - 3400 Concord Road, March 3, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

Warrington - 1661 Easton Road, March 3, 2-3pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Flourtown - 1874 Bethlehem Pike, March 4, 4-5pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Flourtown - 1874 Bethlehem Pike, March 4, 6-7pm - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

Spring House - 1121 Bethlehem Pike, March 4, 6-7pm - Nutrition Store Tour

North Wales - 1201 Knapp Road, March 5, 10-11am - Nutrition Store Tour

New Hope - 6542 Logan Square, March 10, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

New Hope - 6542 Logan Square, March 10, 2-3pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Levittown - 4001 New Falls Rd., March 11, 10-11am - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

Levittown - 4001 New Falls Rd., March 11, 1-2pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Levittown - 4001 New Falls Rd., March 12, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

North Wales - 1201 Knapp Road, March 13, 2-3pm - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

Havertown - 116 Township Line Rd., March 17, 1-2pm - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

Perkasie - 1153 N. 5th Street, March 17, 4:30-5:30pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Philadelphia - 2250 Grant Ave., March 18, 11-12pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Philadelphia - 2250 Grand Ave., March 18, 1-2pm - Pump Up Your Pantry Class

Southampton - 466 2nd Street Pike, March 19, 3-4pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Flourtown - 1874 Bethlehem Pike, March 20, 10-11am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

Havertown - 116 W. Township Line Rd., March 24, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

Royersford - 1824 Ridge Pike, March 24, 10-10:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Cat in the Hat Kabobs

West Grove - 849 West Baltimore Pike, March 24, 1-1:30pm - Mini Chef Creations: Cat in the Hat Kabobs

Willow Grove - 315 York Rd., March 26, 10-11am - Nutrition Store Tour

Blue Bell - 1760 Dekalb Pike, March 31, 10:30-11:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Spring Fruit Wands

  York/Lancaster Area



Lititz - 1008 Lititz Pike, February 11, 5:30-6:30pm - Low Sodium Suppers

Shrewsbury - 14635 Mount Airy Road, February 13, 5:30-6:30pm - Low Sodium Suppers

Dover - 2130 Palomino Road, February 18, 1-2pm - Nutrition Store Tour

York - 1255 Carlisle Road, February 20, 10-10:30am - Mini Chef Creations: Minnie Bow Bites

Elizabethtown - 1278 South Market Street, February 25, 1-2pm - Low Sodium Suppers

Lancaster - 1360 Columbia Avenue, February 25, 5:30-6:30pm - Nutrition Store Tour

Manchester - 205 Glen Drive, February 27, 5:30-6:30pm - Nutrition Store Tour

York - 275 Pauline Drive, March 5, 4:30-6pm - Try-Day Thursdays: Flavors of the Mediterranean Sample

Ephrata - 850 E Main Street, March 5, 3:30-5pm - Try-Day Thursdays: Flavors of the Mediterranean

Red Lion - 3175 Cape Horn Rd., March 12, 11:30-1:00pm - Try-Day Thursdays: Flavors of the Mediterranean

York - 275 Pauline Drive, March 12, 5:30-6:30pm - Flavors of the Mediterranean Class

Red Lion - 3175 Cape Horn Rd., March 17, 10:30-11:30am - Flavors of the Mediterranean Class

Ephrata - 850 E Main Street, March 17, 1:00-2:00pm - Flavors of the Mediterranean Class

Lancaster - 1605 Lititz Pike, March 19, 3:30-5pm - Try-Day Thursdays: Flavors of the Mediterranean Sample

Columbia - 3985 Calumbia Ave., March 26, 11:30-1:00pm - Try-Day Thursdays: Flavors of the Mediterranean Sample

York - 1255 Carlisle Rd., March 26, 10:00-11:00am - Mini Chef Creations: Cat in the Hat Kabobs

Lancaster - 1605 Lititz Pike, March 31, 5:30-6:30pm - Flavors of the Mediterranean Class

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.

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Food with Guiding Stars Have:


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Vitamins
Minerals
Fiber
Whole Grains
Omega-3s

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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.