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Lowes Foods announces the opening of the Lowes Foods Life Learning Lab at Forsyth Medical Center ~ One more way that Lowes Foods is good for you and the community! -- Winston-Salem, NC - March 6, 2012
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Lowes Foods is proud to announce the grand opening of the Lowes Foods Life Learning Lab at Forsyth Medical Center, which is located at 3333 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston Salem, NC, on March 9, 2012. The Lowes Foods company, has given Forsyth Rehabilitation Center a grant to create the “Lowes Foods Life Learning Lab.” Forsyth Rehabilitation Center (FRC) is an inpatient facility providing comprehensive physical rehabilitation services and 24-hour medical care as its staff re-teaches patients core skills to be able to return to their highest level of functional independence.

The Life Learning Lab is a simulated grocery store that will allow rehab patients to develop their cognitive and physical abilities in a safe environment. The Lowes Foods lab is one of its kind in the triad, and is designed to be a mini grocery store complete with various types of shelving, produce stands, meat counter, frozen food cases, a bakery section, grocery carts, a check-out line with a cash register, an ATM machine donated by Allegacy, a computer for on-line ordering, and much more!

Steve Hall, President of Lowes Foods says, “Lowes Foods has been a part of Winston-Salem for many years, headquartered here with a number of stores in the market. As a member of the community we are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Forsyth Medical Center in updating and improving their rehabilitation facility. Getting brain trauma patients on their feet and back into the community as quickly as possible is our mutual goal. Grocery shopping is essential to everyone and now we have a place for patients to acquire the skills needed to be self supporting again. As a family-owned North Carolina-based company we could not be more proud to have been a small part of this effort.”

Therapists will incorporate the learning lab into patients’ therapy to improve all different aspects of rehab. Physical and occupational therapists will focus on helping patients with the physical and daily activities of life, such as balance and endurance, money handling, object recognition and problem solving. And speech therapists will focus on communication, thinking and memory skills. The hospital’s dieticians also plan to use the lab to help teach healthy eating habits and how to read food labels to identify which foods are best for the patient.

“From writing a grocery list to gathering the items and going through the check-out, this lab gives us the ability to work with patients who need to develop not only physical skills, but cognitive and decision-making skills as well,” said Lynn Watkins, project manager for post acute services, Forsyth Medical Center. “Currently we take patients who are well enough out into community grocery stores to practice these skills, but this is a much safer and protected environment. We owe a sincere thank you to Lowes Foods for helping us design this space and for donating all of the supplies.”

Forsyth Rehabilitation Center's inpatient rehabilitation facility sees close to 1,000 patients a year. It has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for its Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs and its Inpatient Rehabilitation Stroke Specialty Program.

About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 9000 people and operates 107 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The company is committed to offering fabulous fresh foods and delivering personal attention to each of its customers.  Family-owned and Carolinas-based, Lowes Foods is also committed to buying local products and supporting local suppliers.  They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and an online meal planner that focus on saving people time and money. Information about these programs and other services offered by the company may be found at or by following Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter.


About Alex Lee

Founded in 1931, Alex Lee, Inc is a family owned company based in Hickory, North Carolina.  Employing over 10,000 people, Alex Lee, Inc. is the holding company for three operating companies, Merchants Distributors, Inc. (MDI), Institution Food House, Inc. (IFH) and Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc.  Locally owned and operated, Alex Lee, Inc. is the full service food distribution company with grocery wholesale distributors, foodservice distributors, and retail grocery stores.  More information on Alex Lee, Inc. can be found at


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