For most of us—locals and Hilton Head Island guests alike—the anticipation of the grand opening of Whole Foods was much like a child’s countdown to Christmas. On July 30th, the health/eco-conscious grocery store located at 50 Shelter Cove Lane, delivered the goods as throngs of people feasted their eyes on a veritable cornucopia of delicious and nutritious items, samples and staples.
And with initiatives like Health Starts Here (HSH), Whole Foods has proven to people with a palate for wellness to be a gift that keeps on giving. “At its core, HSH is a mindful approach to healthy eating that’s rooted in simple ways to build better meals,” began Whole Foods HHI marketing team leader and community liaison Abby Wirth. “The program is also a practical in-store guide that you can use to choose the healthiest foods. Look for HSH-labeled foods in our salad and hot bars, as well as prepared meals in the self and full-serve cases. It’s our guarantee that you’re getting ‘fast food’ you can feel great about.”
Every Thursday night you can also join Karina Hinch, Healthy Eating Educator, for a HSH tour of Whole Foods Market HHI from 5-5:30pm. “You will learn the healthier options per department, what to look for to accommodate your specific nutritional needs, and how to shop based on the fundamentals of the Four Pillars of Healthy Eating,” said Wirth.
The Four Pillars of Healthy Eating include:
- Using whole foods that are in their purest and most unprocessed form.
- Consuming a plant-strong™ diet.
- Choosing foods that only contain healthy fats like nuts and avocados.
- Opting for nutrient dense food with high ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) scores.
According to Wirth, the mission of Whole Foods Market is driven by the following ideals:
- Commitment to Society
- Environmental Stewardship
- Organic Farming
- Seafood Sustainability
- Whole Trade
- Animal Welfare
- 5 Core Values
The HSH program also offers cooking classes and an app for your phone for easy choices to clearly labeled HSH products throughout the store. “The program is accessible to people of all backgrounds and knowledge spectrums,” explained Wirth. “Our website has a whole section dedicated to healthy living with many common questions, as well as a page titled ‘Simple Changes for Lifelong Health.’ This truly is a program for everyone.”
“As a long time Hilton Head Island resident, I’ve been waiting for years to hear the words, ‘We’re getting a Whole Foods,’” admitted Wirth. “That day has come and Whole Foods Market is excited to create partnerships within our community that will continue to grow.”
To learn more about scheduling a HSH tour or other upcoming Whole Foods HHI events, please call (843) 842-0700 or check out the online calendar.
Becca Edwards is a birth doula, holistic health coach, yoga and Barre instructor, writer/blogger, and owner of b.e.well and b.e.creative (bewellbecreative.com).