Store tours for diabetics offered at Farm Fresh

Published 9:55 pm Monday, March 10, 2014

For people living with diabetes or keeping a close eye on their risk factors for the disease, knowing what to eat and how to eat it can sometimes be confusing.

However, Farm Fresh is holding free two-hour store tours in coming weeks, including on at Suffolk’s Main Street store on March 25 at 6 p.m., to help shoppers get to the bottom of what’s good for them.

“We like to be the facilitator of healthier eating options,” said Tracy Donnelly, the clinical point person for Farm Fresh Food and Pharmacy. “We want to optimize their first steps in reducing their risk for diabetes or managing their diabetes by improving their options for food selection.”


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Donnelly said the sessions will discuss factors that contribute to sugar control in the body, portion control and the amounts of food from each food group that should be consumed during a meal.

Healthier ways to prepare favorite dishes — like baked, skinless chicken rather than fried chicken and greens prepared without the salt and fat — will be discussed. Participants also will learn how to interpret package labels.

Shoppers also will tour the store with an educator. They’ll visit the produce, bread, meat and dairy sections, as well as other aisles they have questions about.

“It’s geared toward what questions are coming from that group,” Donnelly said.

She said people who take the tours are doing their health a favor.

“I can see the impact of these choices,” she said. “Those persons who take charge can really make a difference with just a little bit of health, education and guidance. That’s our main objective: to empower patients to take control of their diabetes.”

Registration for the tours is requested. To register, visit, or go to the store and talk to any member of the pharmacy team.