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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, how to get your kids involved in the kitchen, and get advice on how to choose more nutritious foods – we’ll give you valuable advice on which foods can help with the mental and emotional stresses of life.

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Tips & Tricks for Halloween

Halloween is such fun for kids, but sometimes they need a little help making good food choices amid the parties and trick-or-treating. If you're haunted by the idea of navigating through all that junk food, here are a few tips that will help.

Eat & hydrate before heading out: A group of hungry, dehydrated, sugar-intoxicated kids can be frightening for any parent! Plan to have a warm and hearty meal before trick-or-treating (try these Jack-O-lantern Stuffed Peppers). Don't forget to pack a reusable water bottle to sip between houses!

Mix in fruit-based options: Look for treats that have a fruit base and no artificial flavors or colors. Think chocolate-covered raisins, 100% fruit leather, fig cookies, and small boxes of dried fruit.

Go with whole grains: Granola bars, trail mix, popcorn, and small boxes of cereal can satisfy a sweet tooth while also providing fiber, vitamins and minerals. Take a break away from chocolatey treats with this Apple Cinnamon Popcorn.

Balance treats with nutritious pairings: Break larger pieces of candy into smaller bites or supplement with a glass of water, low-fat milk, a small piece of fruit or string cheese. Try these Eyeball Deviled Eggs for a protein-rich snack.

Pass out non-food treats: Kids love Halloween-themed items like pencils, erasers, magnets, stickers, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Encourage activity with jump ropes, chalk, bouncy balls and bubbles.

Set daily candy limits in advance: Agree on how much candy your child is allowed to eat on Halloween night and each day after. Be sure to set an end date or their stash can last until the New Year.

Keep candy out of sight: "Out of sight, out of mind" works here. If you're lucky, they may even forget it is there! Teach kids that candy is a treat that can be enjoyed after all other nutrient needs for the day are met.

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Our Nutritionists

Put your health in good hands with our Nutritionists. They’re here to help you and your family stay well and make better food choices. Look for them as your shop, attend a class, or schedule a private consultation to discuss your nutritional needs. Read their bios and contact information as well as find their class schedules here.

Sarah Glunz,
MS, CNS, LDN

GIANT Food Stores

As the Lead Nutritionist, I want to ensure that we're doing our best to improve the health and wellness of our customers, associates, and communities. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about our nutritionist program. I'm happy to help!

Contact Info:
Call
717-254-2913
[email protected]

Central PA In-Store Nutritionists

Shanna Shultz,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
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 one or a crew, together we can create meal ideas that fit your dietary needs, budget, and taste buds!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-545-0489
shanna.shultz
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

Holly Doan,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Enola, 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!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-909-7012
[email protected]

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

Kilene Knitter,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Lancaster, PA

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 personal health goals! Together we can develop an individualized approach that finds creative ways to enjoy the foods you love and build healthy habits that fit into your lifestyle. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-299-0931
kilene.knitter
@giantmartins.com

Madelyn Barrows,
RDN, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Camp Hill, PA

My passion is for teaching people about the powerful things that food can do! Whether you want to fuel up for your next game, eat right to manage a health condition, or maintain your energy through a busy day, you are not alone on your nutrition journey. Let’s team up today to help reach your goals! Call or email me to learn more about the nutrition services GIANT provides!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
717-724-1166
madelyn.barrows
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

View Cooking School Events November/December (.pdf)

Philadelphia Area In-Store Nutritionists

Rabiya Bower,
RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Flourtown, PA

I love talking about healthy food and teaching others about making nutritious (and tasty!) choices. My expertise is in diabetes management, maternal & children's health, and overall physical well-being. I can help you find healthy choices in the store, create enjoyable meals, and manage food allergies or medical conditions. I look forward to working with you to reach your health goals!

To schedule an individual consultation, call
215-836-4300
[email protected]

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

view my kids classes (PDF)

Mary Ann Moylan,
RD, LDN, CDE

GIANT Food Stores
Willow Grove, PA

I can help customers shop and answer questions about special diets. I have a special interest in diabetes and weight management, and am certified in both. I’m most at home teaching people about healthy eating and helping them adjust their eating habits to promote good health.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
215-784-1960
maryann.moylan
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

View Cooking School Events November/December (.pdf)

Christina Fava,
MA, RDN, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Montgomeryville, PA

I have a passion for helping customers make healthy decisions while they shop, providing one-on-one nutrition consultations and teaching health-related classes. I have a background in diabetes and weight loss education and experience creating individualized meal plans.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
215-661-1025
christi[email protected]

view my class schedule for July/August (PDF)

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

Courtney Schoepe,
MA, RD, LDN

GIANT Food Stores
Havertown, PA

I’m a registered dietitian with a background in counseling clients of all age groups with various health conditions and dietary needs. I look forward to helping customers achieve healthier lifestyles and make better choices as they shop.

To schedule an individual consultation, call
610-449-1161
courtney.schoepe
@giantmartins.com

view my class schedule for September/October (PDF)

view my class schedule for November/December (PDF)

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Healthy Kids

Kids are our future and we want to make it easy for them to learn how to form nutritious choices that last a lifetime. We offer two nutrition programs for parents and educators that help kids discover healthier products in our stores as well as interactive activities for the home and classroom. These programs inspire kids and address physical fitness, feeling good, balance, and energy. We’ve also built a collection of Savory recipes that are kid-friendly and easy enough for kids to help in the kitchen.

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Passport to Nutrition

Curriculum for Teachers & Parents

Passport to Nutrition will help your kids, ages 8-12, learn about the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. The kit shares fun ways to get moving and eat right with interactive games and activities

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Passport to Nutrition packet

Store Tours

These free, hands-on store tours help kids learn about making healthy choices through good nutrition. Our guided store tours take kids grades PreK-6th throughout our grocery aisles to discover healthy ideas.

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