SMArt Kids Avoid the Aisles and Hug the Walls

| Posted On Mar 19, 2015 | By:

child selecting fruits shutterstock_12162199[1]Need a helper at the grocery store? Tired of doing all of the shopping alone? Grab a SMArt Kid! After this month’s SMA, they are now well informed about the healthiest ways to shop at the local grocery store. They will remind you to keep in mind these simple rules before you and your family head out to the supermarket:

And of course, remember MyPlate.gov when choosing your family’s food. Encourage more fruits and veggies – they should fill at least half of your plate at each meal.

We reviewed the areas of the grocery store that are the healthiest to shop. What are those? The areas along the perimeter of the store where the produce, dairy, bakery, meat, and seafood departments are located. If you stick to the perimeter, you can focus on the fresh foods and avoid the processed foods, typically located in the aisles. Every grocery store is slightly different but most follow this type of layout:

SMArt Kids.Grocery Store layout

If you move into the aisles, one in particular, the dreaded cereal aisle, can be challenging. Linda Germaine-Miller, our SMArt Kids nutritionist, gave the group some specific strategies about shopping the cereal aisle:

SMArt Kids.NLEA Label v2She led the group in an exercise of reading cereal labels so the SMArt Kids could practice their skills. Here is an example to the right.

Would you buy this cereal?  The SMArt Kids would say “no way!” as there is too much sugar and too little fiber to make it a good choice.

We will meet again in March to continue to work on our SMArt Kids’ goals. Thus far, the group has been doing a fantastic job working on their monthly SMArt goals, which include:

We look forward to seeing the SMArt Kids and their families back in March. In the interim, stay SMArt and shop along the perimeter of the grocery store! Avoid those aisles !

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About Dr. Brittanny Boulanger

Joined Harvard Vanguard: 2005 Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA Internship: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Residency: Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY Board Certification: Pediatrics Hospital Affiliations: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA; Winchester Hospital, Winchester, MA Clinical Interests: Newborn medicine and adolescent medicine Personal Interests: Running, soccer, hiking, skiing, travel and spending time with her two young children.

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