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Lowes Foods’ Be A Smart Shopper Program Brings Nutritious Learning To Local Students -- Winston-Salem, NC - September 10, 2012
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As students go back-to-school, Lowes Foods recommends a shopping list of nutritious choices in their backpacks along with other school supplies. After all, there is no better way to prepare students for a successful school year than to make sure they are paying attention to eating healthy meals, drinks and snacks. This is the kind of education that leads to students learning well and growing up with healthier habits and fewer health problems. Nutritious grocery shopping skills are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle.


Lowes Foods’ free, hands-on guided store tour for student groups is called Be A Smart Shopper and it is designed to offer a fun learning experience about many tasty topics around the grocery store. Included are a review of plentiful, colorful fruits and vegetables, an opportunity to touch whole grains, a close-up look at various foods from the sea, a discussion of healthy breakfast options and more. Sampling along the tour route grabs students’ attention as does a hopping, skipping or dancing break to emphasize the importance of physical activity for growing bodies.

 “The grocery store is my #1 top choice for a nutrition learning adventure for kids,” said Lowes Foods’ Corporate Nutritionist Cindy Silver, MS, RD, LDN. “They get so excited about what they see, smell, touch and taste!” Ms. Silver has been involved with Be A Smart Shopper for the past 15 years. This month marks the beginning of the 16th year that Lowes Foods has taken the forefront in nutrition education for students. “As learning goes, we’re proud to be part of the solution to the childhood obesity problem in a very positive way,” Silver said. “Teachers and community group leaders confirm to us, year-after-year, that there is a lasting effect on students’ interest and behavior.”


This year’s theme for Be A Smart Shopper is Growing Up Healthy and Strong with Good Nutrition and all groups of 4-12 year olds are invited to participate in their local Lowes Foods store. Those interested in scheduling a class, after school club or camp group for the one-hour, guided tour may do so online at or by phone at 800-987-6409.


Lowes Foods wishes to thank our generous program sponsor, Kellogg’s, and our premier partner, Yoplait. We also thank MilkCo, Snyder’s of Hanover, Nestle Waters, Eggland’s Best, Birdseye, National Mango Board, US Highbush Blueberry Commission, Leafy Greens Council and Produce for Better Health Foundation for their support.

About Lowes Foods
Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a family-owned, Carolinas-based company that actively works to source product from local farmers and manufacturers. Lowe’s Food Stores, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc. Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs 8500 people and operates 17 Just $ave stores in North Carolina and 86 Lowes Foods stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company is committed to improving the communities where they operate by helping customers save time and money, offering nutrition education, and leading the state’s largest food drive. They offer programs such as Lowes Foods To Go personal shopping service and Fresh Rewards, a program that provides savings in store, at the fuel pump, and on-line. 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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