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Scale Back Alabama urges the public to make healthier choices in their diet

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Dietitians from Auburn, Opelika and around Lee County gathered Saturday at the Opelika Kroger to walk shoppers through the store and help them choose a healthier lifestyle.  

Kathe Brigges, a Director at the East Alabama Medical Center, was spearheading this effort and is excited to be able to make a difference in a state where healthy lifestyles are at times overlooked.

“In the south we know we are the best at the worst.  We are in the top five in diabetes, hypertension, obesity and lack of physical activity,” Brigges said. 

Saturday's event at the Opelika Kroger was a combined effort from Scale Back Alabama and a group of dietitians that gathered from around the region to help try and combat some of these issues.  Customers followed these dietitians around in small groups and received useful advice on how to eat healthier. 

“Just some healthy swaps that you can make, healthy alternatives to what you normally may choose and things that would be beneficial to add to your diet,” said Auburn University Dietetic Intern Megan Stafford. 

One thing always beneficial to add to your diet are fruits and vegetables.  But one of the key talking points during the tours was to make sure when buying processed meats that the sodium counts are lower. The goal is to keep the sodium counts below 350 grams.

"It is going to take all of us to change these statistics and to get Alabamians out of the top five in all of those chronic diseases and unhealthy lifestyles,” said Kathe Brigges. 

Scale Back Alabama has a handful of events throughout Lee County during the upcoming weeks.  If you would like to get involved check out their Facebook page here

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