California hospitals take obesity fight to supermarkets

Medical workers take blood pressure and talk with shoppers about healthy eating choices as part of the "Shop with a Doc" program at a Ralph's Supermarket in Irvine, California. (AFP)

California hospitals have taken the obesity fight to supermarkets to help people maintain their health despite their fast-paced lives.

The “Shop with your Doc” project is organized by a network of California-based hospitals to tackle obesity in the country where one third of the population suffer from the condition.

The operation centers around a number of doctors, nutritionists and nurses stationed at supermarkets who offer free blood pressure checks and help people navigate their shopping options.

The white-coat clad experts also clarify eating misconceptions for the consumers and help them choose exercise plans and healthier recipes. Similar programs are underway in other states such as Arizona and Pennsylvania. In addition, some major supermarket chains in the country employ nutritionists for dietary recommendations.


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