HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is partnering with Mississippi Winn-Dixie and Kroger locations to offer grocery store tours.
Southern Miss dietetic interns will deliver grocery store tours about fruits and vegetables during the fall 2015 semester. Students will be trained by a Grocery Store Tour Registered Dietitian to conduct the tours with college students in Hattiesburg, the Gulf Coast and Jackson. Specific tour locations will be selected by the dietetic interns.
The project is funded by the Produce for Better Health Foundation's Supermarket Tour Training Grant. Funding is used to encourage collaboration between supermarkets and university nutrition and dietetic programs.
"Collaborating with community grocery stores is a great way for the dietetic interns to implement their required health promotion project," said Roxanne Kingston, dietetic internship director. "We are excited to offer these tours to college students in an effort to increase their knowledge and intake of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables."
Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is a nonprofit fruit and vegetable education foundation. Since 1991, PBH has worked to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health.
Other PBH grant recipients include Drexel University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Morrison/Chartwells Dietetic Internship Program, North Dakota State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of North Florida and the University of Pittsburgh.
For more information about the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems in The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health, visit www.usm.edu/nutrition. For more information about the Produce for Better Health Foundation, visit www.PBHFoundation.org.