Food City deli executive chefs team with doctors for healthy program

Sue Guinn Legg • May 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The doctors of Quillen ETSU Physicians and the executive chefs of Food City delis are teaming up to present a new series of free healthy diet, cooking and tasting events for the community.

Dr. Philip Bagnell, dean of the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, and Food City President and CEO Steve Smith announced the new Doc-Chef program Thursday morning at the medical school.

Smith said the program is being offered as a community service and expands on Food City’s NuVal System that ranks more than 35,000 of the stores’ food products by nutritional value. Both programs are aimed at helping people make healthier decisions, Smith said.

“We have a responsibility to our customers, associates and community to do all we can to educate them on the importance of making wise decisions with regard to their purchases,” Smith said. “Many of the issues that adversely affect our health and wellness are a direct result of our eating habits, good or bad. We feel this program will work hand in hand with our NuVal nutritional scoring system to provide consumers with the added insight necessary to make more informed choices for their families.”

“With Tennessee ranking as the third-fastest-growing state for obesity,” Bagnell said, the partnership between ETSU Physcians and Food City represents a commitment from both organizations to address the needs of the community.

“Together we’ll champion the benefits of making smart choices, reaching out to area residents, including the local Food City customer base. We’re set on making a difference through the education provided by our Doc-Chef events,” Bagnell said.

The programs will feature interactive discussions led by doctors from Quillen ETSU Physicians followed by related cooking demonstrations by Food City’s top chefs. The presentations will feature a different health-related topic each month.

Food City’s Registered Dietician Jessica Gourley said the featured doctors and chefs will work together to help people understand what’s good for them.

“They’re free and there will be free food, samples and recipes,” Gourley said.

The first event will be held Monday at the Health Resources Center at The Mall at Johnson City, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Howard Herrell will discuss gluten intolerance and Food City Executive Chef Larry Barbeau will present a gluten-free cooking demonstration. Recipes and samples of the featured dishes will be available. Those who plan to attend should pre-register by calling 800-888-5551.

Future programs will rotate monthly between the Health Resource Center, located between Belk’s women’s and home stores on the mall’s lower level, and the community rooms at the Food City stores on North Eastman Road in Kingsport and on Euclid Avenue in Bristol, Va.

More information about the Doc-Chef series is available at www.doc-chefonline.com or by calling 800-888-5551.

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