Averett University nursing students helping people in Southside eat healthier

Students were at grocery stores Friday talking to residents about healthy eating

DANVILLE, Va. – Averett University is trying to help people in Southside eat healthier.

On Friday, nursing students were at grocery stores in Danville and Pittsylvania County picking out healthy items to display and talk to customers about as they walked in.

This is an extension of what the students have been doing with God's Storehouse food bank in Danville to help combat hypertension.

It's also the university's way of participating in the state's first annual Feed Virginia Day of Action, an initiative created by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to encourage people to eat healthy.

Averett assistant professor and simulation lab coordinator Karen Oaks guided several nursing students around the Save-a-Lot in Danville, picking out items using the group's Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet plan. 

 "We use the shopping list here. This is the DASH diet plan that we follow. We wanted to show the community the healthy foods that they can find here right at Save-a-Lot," Oaks said.

Students were also at the Ballou Park Food Lion in Danville and the Old Dutch in Chatham.