press release

May 8, 2012

Christopher Brand
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Carlisle, PA – For many people, making the choice to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle begins at the supermarket. Mary Ann Moylan, RD, LDN, CDE, an in-store nutritionist at the GIANT Super Food Store in Willow Grove, has been assisting hundreds of customers make healthier choices since the store opened four years ago. Helen Johnson, a regular GIANT shopper from Willow Grove, recently reached a milestone with the help of Mary Ann and her individual nutrition consultations. In 21 months, Helen achieved her goal weight, losing 113 pounds in the process.

“I couldn’t be happier for Helen reaching this milestone as her hard work and dedication over these past two years paid off in a big and healthy way,” said Moylan. “As a supermarket, GIANT is in a unique position to help customers navigate the grocery aisles to make the right healthy choices for individuals and their families. Helen’s weight loss is the most of any GIANT customer who has been working with me to date and I encourage others to consider learning more about healthy eating during their next shopping trip at GIANT!”

Helen began her journey for weight loss on May 20, 2010 at a weight of 248 pounds. After her initial individual nutrition consultation with Mary Ann, an individualized meal plan and exercise regime were developed to fit Helen’s daily lifestyle as she started working to achieve her overall weight goal. Helen had follow up nutrition visits with Mary Ann every 3-4 weeks. As a result, Helen is now 113 pounds lighter and feeling healthier than she has in a long time.

“I knew that I was going to die if I didn’t take better care of myself,” said Helen Johnson. “Thanks to Mary Ann’s help, I was still able to eat the foods I liked, just substituting some of the ingredients with more healthy options.”

GIANT Food Stores is one of the few grocery store chains in the country to offer the services of a nutritionist right in the store and currently has five in-store nutritionists available in stores across its market area. The in-store nutritionists are available for one-on-one nutrition consultations by appointment and also teach health-related classes within the store. For more information, please visit


Headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S is a leading retail grocer in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, operating under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets and employing nearly 30,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. GIANT/MARTIN’S was recently awarded the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its leadership in the fight against hunger. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and