2:13 am - Friday September 22, 2017

Safety Net Clinic: SET Launches Shopping Matters® Tour to Help Area Seniors Make Healthy Food Choices on a Limited Budget

Colorado Springs, CO  – SET Family Medical Clinics (SET) announces participation in Shopping Matters®, a program of Share
Our Strength’s Cooking Matters.  Shopping Matters is an interactive, guided grocery store tour that teaches adults to make real
changes to their food shopping habits by helping families learn how to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. SET views
this program as a great benefit to the seniors they serve and has integrated Shopping Matters into their Senior Well Being Clinics.
SET’s Senior Well Being Clinics are designed to keep older adults living independently, while assuring a high quality of life, by
offering health checkups, social assessments, medication and dietary education and referrals.
Shopping Matters for adults was launched on May 3rd & 4th for SET’s seniors at the King Soopers on Austin Bluffs Parkway.  19
seniors attended and were taught the skills of purchasing fruits and vegetables on a budget, comparing unit prices, reading food
labels, and identifying whole grain foods. Each participant also received a $10 grocery gift card, shopping tips and recipe workbook, a calculator and a reusable shopping bag.
SET staff members, Jason Jones and Patty Denton, worked with Renée Petrillo from the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters
to implement this program. They took the online training and facilitated the tour along with Dr. Chris Savage and UCCS dietetic
students John McLaughlin and Katie Eschen. Silver Key also played a very important role in the launch of the program by providing transportation to seniors who would otherwise be unable to attend.
If you would like to attend a Shopping Matters tour please contact Tina Gonzales, SET Programs Manager, at 719-776-8850 ext
1104.
About SET Family Medical Clinics
SET Family Medical Clinics, a 501 (c)(3) is a non-profit organization providing compassionate medical and healthcare services
to the underserved people without discrimination. The Family Clinic, located at the St. Francis Health Center, offers healthcare
for acute and chronic needs 5 days a week with evening hours available.  Free Immunizations are also offered year round for
children ages 4 to 18 who qualify.  The SET Homeless Clinic is located at The Hanifen Self Sufficiency Center, and is available
five days a week for homeless people to access free basic health care.  SET also conducts Senior Well Being Clinics at several
Senior Housing locations in Colorado Springs.  SET offers a Comprehensive Healthcare Re-entry Program (CHRP), which
provides healthcare, mental health services, life skills training and prescriptions to ex-offenders. SET Family Medical Clinics
saves the Pikes Peak community over 3 million dollars each year by averting non-trauma medical issues from local emergency
rooms. SET is sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives/Centura Health.  For more information about SET please visit
www.setofcs.org or call 719-776-8850. For more information about Shopping Matters please visit: www.shoppingmatters.org

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