Martin's Super Markets and Beacon Health Systems have launched a new initiative to help the store's customers maintain a healthy diet and exercise.
Maria Haisley, most recently a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Elkhart General Hospital, will serve as health and wellness advisor in Martin's new "Eat Smart. Be Well." initiative.
Haisley's duties will include conducting one-on-one consultations with Martin's customers to help them form healthy eating and exercise habits. The consultations will last 30 minutes and cost $30. Afterward, the customer receives a $30 Martin's gift card.
Those interested in the consultations, which have limited availability, should check Martin's website for updates, email Haisley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 574-239-1858.
Haisley agreed to answer five questions from The Elkhart Truth about her new role.
Q: Why does it seem that more people are trying to eat healthier?
Haisley: One reason, I believe, is that people have started to see the bigger connection between their overall health and the food that they eat. People are changing their eating habits to help them feel better, improve energy and to help maintain a health weight.
Q: How should people decide what's best to eat, when there seem to be so many conflicting studies and theories?
A: We make many food-related choices throughout the day, what to eat for breakfast, what am I going to feed my family and what am I getting at the store today? Yes, it can be confusing at times with all the new studies and food products to decipher. This is one reason we wanted to grow the "Eat Smart. Be Well." wellness initiative to make it easy for shoppers to know what is healthy for them.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
A: Knowing that there is only one of me and still wanting to be there to answer health and wellness questions for all members of the community!
Q: What are you most excited about regarding your new job?
A: Being accessible to Martin's shoppers and community to answer nutrition questions in a way that is easy to understand and can benefit their health. I'm also excited to provide wellness consultations, wellness workshops, group store tours and attend community events. Food and living a healthy lifestyle is my passion, so this ultimately allows me to work in an environment surrounded by food and the opportunity to help others live a healthy lifestyle.
Q: How can people stay committed to eating right and exercising?
A: It all starts with making "the choice." Once someone commits to eating healthier and being more active, the next step is to work at changing eating habits and your environment so that it is easy to continue making a lifestyle commitment, not a quick fix. This is something that does not happen overnight, but it is one change at a time that leads to big changes.