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Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians Introduce New Doc/Chef Program

JOHNSON CITY, TN (Thursday, May 10, 2012) – Earlier today, Food City and Quillen ETSU Physicians introduced their new Doc/Chef Program.  The informative new program features a monthly interactive discussion conducted by a Quillen ETSU Physician, followed by a coordinating cooking demonstration given by one of Food City’s trained chefs.  The presentations will feature a different health related topic each month. 

The initial Doc/Chef Program is scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Health Resources Center Annex, located in the Johnson City Mall (between Belk Home Store and Belk Women’s Store).  The session begins at 6:30 p.m. and will concentrate on a gluten free diet.  Following the presentation, Food City Chef, Larry Barbeau will host a cooking demonstration featuring gluten free products.

Future sessions will rotate between the Johnson City Health Resource Center and the Community Rooms of the Food City locations on Euclid Avenue in Bristol, VA and Eastman Road in Kingsport, TN.

“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 needs of this community,” said Philip C. Bagnell, M.D., dean of Quillen College of Medicine. “Together we’ll champion the benefits of making smart 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.”

“Food City is excited to partner with Quillen ETSU Physicians to introduce this much needed program,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.  “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 program 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.  Food City also recently debuted their new Smart Choices Shelf Tag program, which identifies items at a glance that have been determined to be heart healthy, gluten free, organic or natural.

For more information, visit the website at or call 1-800-888-5551 to pre-register.

Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. 

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 a variety of specialties.