WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Smart Shopping

By: Susan Hendricks
By: Susan Hendricks

For most college students, Thanksgiving break is just around the corner.

It's a time to look forward to seeing family and having a healthy, home-cooked meal.

Many college kids usually start school with no idea how to cook, especially when they live on their own, but a new program is trying to teach them the basics of eating well.

Here's Susan Hendricks with today's Health Minute.

It's shopping day for these Temple University students in Philadelphia. But unlike many young people in college, this group is not looking for bags of snacks or TV dinners to stock their shelves. Instead they are participating in what Temple calls the Supermarket Smarts Grocery Store Tour, which is run out of the office of student health services. It's designed to teach the collegiate set how to shop healthy on a limited budget.

"College students are just starting to set down the foundation for their eating as adults and so by giving them the tools of healthy eating and healthy shopping, it can really set them up for healthy eating as they become professionals."

From calories to fat grams to salt content, nutritionist nicole patience, along with personnel from the fresh grocer, walk the aisles of the store pointing out foods to eat and foods to avoid.

"If you look in the shopping carts of the younger students that are around here, you will see a very well-rounded shopping basket."

Rachel Baxter, a law student at Temple, says she is pretty hip to nutrition, but still learned a lot from the class.

"I learned to start looking at labels, and start paying attention to what I am putting into my body."

Which is what it's all about. Eating healthy on a not-so-healthy budget.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.

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