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Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians Partner

Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians Partner
for Doc-Chef Healthy Eating Events

Johnson City, TN (Thursday, October 13, 2011) — Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians today announced a partnership to present a series of free “Doc-Chef” healthy living events to residents throughout the region.

Consisting of a registered dietitian and senior executive chef from Food City and a Quillen ETSU physician, the Doc-Chef team presents cooking classes and provides valuable information on nutrition, label reading and making the right choices for healthy living.

The first event is Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., focused on “Breast Cancer Awareness: The Mighty Omega Meal.” Quillen ETSU Physician Brooke Foulk, M.D. will talk about breast cancer and early detection. Chef Larry Barbeau will be preparing salmon with citrus pineapple chutney and vegetable couscous.  The first forty people to sign up will receive a free goody bag.

The second event will be Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m., “Childhood Diabetes: Breakfast Boosters.” Quillen ETSU Physician Charles Stewart, M.D., an endocrinologist, will share healthy habits that help avoid childhood diabetes, as well as tips for managing the disease. Chef Barbeau will rework two kid-friendly breakfast recipes that are sure to be a hit at home.

All events will be held in the upstairs community room at Food City in the Crown Point Shopping Center, 1205 Eastman Road in Kingsport. To register for these free events, go to

“With Tennessee ranking as the third fastest growing state for obesity, I’m proud to announce this partnership, which represents a commitment from both organizations to address the health needs of this community,” said Philip C. Bagnell, M.D., dean of Quillen College of Medicine. “Together we’ll champion the benefits of making healthy choices, reaching out to area residents, including the local Food City customer base. We’re set on making a difference through the education provided by our Doc-Chef events.”

Obesity increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea and liver and gallbladder disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity also may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, including breast, colon and uterine. Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians representatives say they hope their efforts help reduce the incidence of these diseases across the region.

“Food City is excited to partner with Quillen ETSU Physicians to bring about this much needed program,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and CEO. “We’re proud to be a local family owned company employing more than 13,000 associates. As the leading supermarket in our region, we have a responsibility to our customers, associates and community to do all we can to educate them on the importance of making wise decisions with regard to their purchases. Many of the issues that adversely affect our health and wellness are a direct result of our eating habits—good or bad. We feel this series of events will work hand in hand with our NuVal nutritional scoring system to provide consumers with the added insight necessary to make more informed choices for their families.”

Food City’s NuVal system scores food on a scale of 1-100, taking into consideration more than 30 nutrients and evaluating the dietary importance of each to determine an overall nutritional quality score: the higher the score, the higher the nutrition. NuVal scores are prominently displayed on shelf price tags, scale labels and other in-store signage featuring the trademark blue hexagon design. NuVal has researched and scored more than 35,000 items.

Quillen ETSU Physicians are affiliated with the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. The physicians are unique in that all are both practicing doctors and professors at the College of Medicine. They have a passion for patient education. Their practices include more than 150 doctors in the specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Oncology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Sports Medicine and Cardiology.
Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University is ranked sixth in the nation for excellence in rural medicine education, according to US News & World Report (2011). Quillen has also been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for producing family physicians.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. (Food City’s parent company) operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.