Coalition holds Shopping Matters Tours

From press reports Coalition for a Healthy Winston County teaches area shoppers how to make real changes to their food shopping habits, to benefit both their health and their wallets. On February 25 and February 27, Coalition for a Healthy Winston County will be holding a supermarket tour to show area families how to make healthy choices at the store on a limited budget. During the tour, dubbed Shopping Matters for Adults, participants will get plenty of hands-on practice as they learn how to compare unit prices, purchase fruits and vegetables on a budget, compare food labels, and pick out whole grains. Tour organizer Janice Hopkins cited the growing need for families to learn how to make the best possible use of their resources when shopping for food in this difficult economy. Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Wal-Mart, developed Shopping Matters for Adults based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality. The program aims to promote real changes to food shopping habits by creating a dynamic learning experience for participants. The tour will be held at the Louisville Wal-Mart. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Rita Tanksley at the Extension Office at 773-3091 or email ritat@ext.msstate.edu.