Food City seeks to expand Healthy Living Kitchen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Grocer Food City has inked a partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center to expand the Healthy Living Kitchen — a move that is expected to result in a significantly greater reach for Healthy Living Kitchen programs and educational efforts at schools, community events and Food City supermarkets throughout the region.

Consisting of a registered dietitian, cardiac nurse specialist and senior executive chef from UT Medical Center, the Healthy Living Kitchen team presents healthy cooking classes and provides information on nutrition, label reading and making the right choices while grocery shopping.

The expanded Healthy Living Kitchen program will include grocery shopping tours at select Food City locations with a UT Medical Center registered dietitian informing consumers on how to read food labels, as well as providing information about healthier choices at the grocery store.

The partnership also will allow the Healthy Living Kitchen staff to deliver the message of healthy eating to Food City's customer base and will reach Food City's audience through its marketing efforts at events, such as NASCAR races, the Knoxville Food Show and UT sports.

"Food City is excited to partner with UT Medical Center to bring about the expansion of this much needed program," stated Steven C. Smith, Food City president and CEO. "We're proud to be a local, family owned company employing more than 13,000 associate