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Cook-along activities have emerged as a popular virtual alternative to in-person culinary demos, providing an effective and efficient way to engage shoppers from afar. Over the past year, consumers have reported a 35% increase in snacking, with 20% noting a change in how they have snacked. The shift to more eating occasions occurring in the home presents an opportunity for retail dietitians to share tools and ideas for delicious snacks and also help shoppers overcome barriers in the kitchen. Teaching snack preparation skills via “snacktivities” can help you support your shoppers as we head into holiday season, and encourage more family time in the kitchen.       

Join RDBA for a virtual activity on Thursday, October 28th 2-3pm CT where Coborn’s Health & Wellness Manager Emily Parent MFCS, RD, LD, FAND will take you through best practices for hosting both virtual and in-person snack-alongs with your shoppers. Emily will lead an interactive demo of snacktivites using products from Bare Snacks, Off The Eaten Path, and The Quaker Oats Company, putting into practice tips and tricks for hosting snack-focused events for your shoppers.

This event is exclusive to retail RDs.

Emily Parent, MFCS, RD, LD, FAND is a Registered Dietitian with a strong passion for championing nutrition and wellness. She has a diverse dietetic background in retail, e-commerce, wellness program development and weight management. In her position as Health & Wellness Manager for the St. Cloud, Minnesota-based retailer, Coborn’s, Emily works closely with category managers, department leads and vendors to develop dietitian-backed omnichannel promotions. These partnerships have resulted in over 75 Minneapolis-St. Paul TV segments and have sparked innovations such as Coborn’s dietitian-approved meal kits. These meal kits led Emily to receive the Progressive Grocer Retail Dietitian Outstanding Innovation Award in 2017 and Retail Dietitian of the Year for both The Produce for Better Health Foundation and Retail Dietitian Business Alliance in 2019. Complimenting her work with various departments, Emily also helps lead Coborn’s wellness program which reaches it’s over 10,000 employees across 120+ locations. In addition to her work with Coborn’s, Emily also serves on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Culinary Professionals DPG board as the Supermarket/Retail Chair and is the current Past President for the Minnesota Academy Nutrition and Dietetics.

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