Retail Dietitian Profiles
As the Director of Nutrition and Dietetics, it’s my job to bring Kroger Health’s Food as Medicine philosophy to life through a dedicated, educated, and personalized approach to food and nutrition for our shoppers.
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My role at Hannaford is to be a friendly and knowledgeable resource our customers as they make food choices to support their health and wellness goals. This might take the form teaching them to read the nutrition facts label, helping them figure out ways to get more legumes into their eating routine, or discussing the pros and cons of milk alternatives. All of my services are offered free of charge.
I am Mackenthun's sole registered dietitian covering three stores. My approach to delivering programming is different for each store. One store serves a community of middle-class families while the other two stores serve low-income communities that are in food deserts.
My role at Hannaford in Nashua, NH can be described as ever-changing. No day is the same. I could start my day doing a low salt store tour for a group of individuals with congestive heart failure and end it doing “food play” with a cheerful group of 7 year-olds looking to earn their Healthy Shopper Patch as part of the scouts.
At the ShopRite of Clark, I am responsible for the health and wellness education and outreach to ShopRite guests, associates, and surrounding community. Programs include supermarket tours, individual and family nutrition counseling, culinary demonstrations, health fairs, and lunch and learns. As the in-store nutrition expert, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge to guests at the point of sale, which I find very inspiring.
It is incredible to reflect on the evolution of my career at ALDI over the last four years. Back in 2016 I started as the Corporate RD and supported everything from product labeling to influencer programs to better-for-you recipes. Now, as a Corporate Responsibility Manager, I oversee commitments to responsible sourcing in the ALDI supply chain. I work closely with our suppliers, buyers and key industry partners on our commitments to source sustainable palm oil, cocoa, forestry and coffee. Additionally, I work on a few internal health and wellness related projects.
At Giant, I am one of 11 in-store nutritionists who works to improve the wellness of our communities by teaching customers how to fill their carts with nourishing food while also positively impacting the community’s perception of Giant as a healthy retailer and community partner.
RD Close-Up: Jessica Serdikoff, RDN CPT Brookdale ShopRite, Inc By RDBA Executive Director Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
My role has truly evolved over my years at ShopRite, growing from a traditional, in-store retail dietitian position into a more managerial one. I continue be a resource for customers and the community via classes, counseling, and store tours; only now I have been able to supervise undergraduate nutrition students and dietetic interns who can assist me in food demo, handout creation, and administrative tasks I used to cover myself.
My role is mainly focused on our employees. I have the amazing opportunity to help employees in our Pennsylvania stores live healthier, better lives through food. I do this by organizing store wellness teams that consist of employees who are passionate about health and wellness.