Albertsons Offers Shoppers Free 'Dietitian on Call'

'Nutrition in Focus' Program Hopes to Change Attitudes About Food

PHOENIX, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Albertsons (NYSE: ABS) is making a commitment to educating people about making smart food choices with the launch of the 'Nutrition in Focus' program, featuring a dietitian -- Michelle Gorman -- dedicated to its Southwest Division. Albertsons is the only food retailer in Arizona and New Mexico to offer a 'dietitian on-call' to anyone with nutritional questions and concerns.

"Our shoppers come from diverse backgrounds and represent so many different ages and lifestyles," said Jim Rice, President of Albertsons Southwest Division. "We are pleased to have someone with Michelle's expertise helping Albertsons customers to make healthy food choices for their families." Gorman will join Albertsons' six other Corporate Dietitians who offer similar programs in other divisions across the country.

The Nutrition in Focus program will strengthen Albertsons' role as a resource for healthy eating to include food preparation tips and nutritional information for shoppers and employees -- both online and in stores. The program is designed to help customers make practical choices through grocery shopping tips and tasty meal solutions. Consumers can find Gorman's photo and helpful suggestions incorporated into Albertsons' bi-monthly advertising inserts, in-store displays and Web site ( ) under 'Healthy Eating.'

"My goal is to help Albertsons shoppers translate the general and often far-reaching health concepts they hear or read about into specific meal planning ideas and better shopping habits," said Michelle Gorman, R.D., Albertsons newest corporate dietitian. "Whether you're a busy parent, shopping for a picky eater, struggling with diabetes or concerned about aging, we understand the stress that accompanies your grocery choices."

As the dietitian on call for Albertsons Southwest Division, Gorman is available to speak to community groups and classrooms, providing wellness education focusing on nutrition, fitness and food safety. At Albertsons stores, Gorman will provide nutritional tours for all ages. Gorman can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] and toll-free at (888) 746-7252 to answer customer questions or to schedule a tour or lecture.

Albertsons Southwest Division operates 165 stores in Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, and employs more than 12,000 area residents. The Company includes 78 Albertsons and Albertsons-Osco combination stores and 87 freestanding Osco and Sav-on Drug stores. The Southwest Division of Albertsons supports hundreds of organizations within its operating area through its charitable contributions and community outreach programs.

Albertsons is one of the world's largest food and drug retailers. Based in Boise, Idaho, the Company currently operates approximately 2,300 retail stores in 31 states across the United States, under banners including Albertsons, Albertsons-Osco, Albertsons-Sav-on, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug, Max Foods, and Super Saver.

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