S.A.M.C is helping those with chronic disease make better purchases for a healthier lifestyle

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Published: Jan. 6, 2017 at 8:57 AM CST
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Grocery shopping can be overwhelming, especially when you don't know what you're looking for.

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center, (S.A.M.C.) wants to help those with chronic disease, so they are holding a "Shop with the Doc" event. The event will help those affected make better grocery purchases.

Many people don't know what it means to eat healthy. When living with a chronic disease, it's tricky to decipher what you should and shouldn't eat.

"We teach them skills on how to make the lifestyle changes,” said Molly Hand, SAMC Registered Dietitian. “Their struggle is them actually bringing it in the real world and applying it."

That's why S.A.M.C is holding a "Shop with a Doctor" event.

"Getting better understanding of what you're putting in your mouth, and putting in your body, and how it affects your disease process would definitely make a big change for them," explained Amith Skandhan, S.A.M.C Doctor.

They will help patients decipher food labels and take charge of their lives.

"We'll talk about what to look for specifically on that label,” said Hand. “There is a lot of information and being able to decode that and figure out what's most important."

At the free event the doctors will break down diabetes and heart and renal disease, based on nutrition.

They will then walk you through each aisle to guide your purchases.

"You are what you eat," exclaimed Skandhan.

A good rule of thumb is just because it looks healthy, doesn't mean it will benefit you.

"Most of these chronic diseases, not just diabetes are stuck with you,” added Skandhan. “And everyone wants to see their patients get better so that's the whole goal in the end."

“Shop with the Doc” will take place Saturday January 14th. It's from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Piggly Wiggly on 231 North, inside the Circle. Be sure to call S.A.M.C to register since spots are limited.