BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’re trying to eat healthy, just shopping is like navigating a minefield.
As Mike Schuh reports, a program to give personal advice to shoppers is expanding.
There are a bewildering number of choices in the grocery store—and not all of them are good. Antoinette Preston knows all about the bad choices. She’s spent the past two years trying to make her knees feel better.
“Thirty more pounds. I’ve lost 70 pounds,” she said.
Ida Kutechko is helping her meet that goal. She’s from a group called Cooking Matters. They take shoppers on tours of supermarkets, teaching people like Preston to buy better food for less money.
“Buy in bulk; it tends to be less expensive,” Kutechko said.
The only catch—if you would call it that—is that for it to work, people have to learn to cook.
“America is trying to get you not to cook and have prepackaged everything. It’s definitely a commitment to cook for your family but I think that for a lot of people, when they start down that road, they really see the benefits,” said Alicia Feuillet.
Preston sure is.
“A large impact. What I learned today, it’s going to help me because that’s what I need to have is, like, a one-on-one time to learn about the products I’m purchasing,” Preston said.
Last year, 2,900 people took the tour. This year, they expect to help 3,300.
If you can’t come out for the personal tour, they have an app that anyone can download and use.