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Dietetics majors at D'Youville College, Buffalo NY

Growing Job Market for Dietetics Grads Includes Supermarkets

Buffalo, New York – August 20, 2013 – Increasingly, registered dietitians are being hired to work in grocery stores to teach customers how to choose healthy foods.

D'Youville alumna, Christiana Castillo '13 recently joined the staff of ShopRite, a supermarket business in Nutley, New Jersey as an in-store dietitian. In this role, Castillo will offer customers nutrition information and guidance to influence better food choices, according to the Nutley Sun, the bi-weekly newspaper in Nutley.

Vincent LoCurcio, vice president of the family-owned business, made the announcement on August 15 and said they will open a second ShopRite store in Belleville, N.J. later this year. Castillo will service both facilities. She joins more than 60 registered dietitians who service ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland.

As an in-store dietitian, Castillo will help customers shop smarter, make healthy food choices, and learn to cook meals that will help maintain weight or manage health issues. She will conduct free grocery shopping tours, healthy cooking classes, offer recipe and pantry makeovers, and coordinate other health and wellness initiatives and nutritional programs in-store and in the community, the article said.

Castillo completed her master’s degree at D’Youville in the spring of 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to provide our customers with the benefits of an in-store dietitian,” LoCurcio said. “Adding Christiana to our team at the ShopRite of Nutley is just another way that we try to go above and beyond to provide value and service to our customers, associates, and the local community.”

ShopRite, headquartered in Keasbey, N.J., is the largest retailer-owned supermarket cooperative in the U.S. and the largest employer in New Jersey. They employ more than 50,000 people in their five-state operation.