Can Food Really Be Medicine?

In this episode of “The Business of Blueberries,” host Kasey Cronquist, president of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and the North American Blueberry Council (NABC), is joined by Lisa Coleman, director of healthy living for Giant Food, which includes 166 supermarkets in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. As the leader of Giant’s Healthy Living Team of credentialed nutrition professionals, Coleman helps guide an inclusive, all-foods-fit approach to educating and inspiring the community Giant serves through classes, store tours, workplace wellness programs, cook-alongs, social media engagement and a biweekly podcast, “Healthy Living by Giant.”

“We have this kind of rallying cry that health is for everyone. It doesn’t have to be exclusive or expensive. We really like to show people that there’s healthy foods in every aisle of our stores and healthy living isn’t perfect. It’s not all or nothing. It’s about the little things that you do every day that support your health.” – Lisa Coleman

Topics covered include:

  • An introduction to Coleman and her role with Giant Food.
  • An exploration of Coleman’s journey from in-store nutritionist to head of health strategy and health initiatives.
  • A discussion of the partnerships, collaborations and projects Giant Food is pursuing to spread the healthy eating, healthy living message.
  • A look at food and produce prescriptions, and the impact they have on grocery purchases.