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Kroger and UT host wellness fair

The University of Tennessee Medical Center and Kroger teamed up to offer a community wellness fair at Farragut’s Kroger Marketplace.

“It’s something we feel like there’s a lot we can do for the community through Kroger, and Kroger is always willing to participate and help the community,” Susan Wyatt, UT Medical Center spokesman, said.

“Kroger is very interested in the community,” she added.

“It was a very big success. We had a lot of participants,” Kroger guest services manager Phil Cagney said.

“We probably had over 100 people” stop at the booths, Wyatt said. Customers who stopped at every booth received a Kroger coupon book.

“The screenings were very beneficial for people,” Cagney said.

As customers shopped at Kroger, they had the opportunity to visit several health screening and informational areas: a healthy living kitchen demonstration; ask-a-doc; pulmonary testing; balance testing; skin cancer screening; and medicine consultation.

“People really enjoyed the healthy living kitchen cooking demonstration and learning about how to prepare healthy foods that are low in fat and low in sodium,” Cagney said.

“And that’s the real focus of the healthy living kitchen: is learning to cook with low fat, low sodium foods and that eating those types of foods can taste good,” he added.

“The partnership with Kroger started when we did an event called The Greatest Show on Birth,” Wyatt said. The event is held at UT’s Northshore Drive facility, near Kroger.

“We were also looking for a food sponsor … that started the relationship with us.”

The two partnered for the first wellness fair at the Kroger off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville. The event at Kroger Marketplace was the second.

“We decided to do this [fair] based on the success of the one we had on Chapman Highway,” Cagney said.

“And we have plans to do more fairs in the future,” he added.

Healthy living kitchen will host a healthy holiday recipe demonstration at UT’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute, suite E-170, at noon, Friday, Nov. 14.

To register, call 865-305-6877 or visit


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