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Napa Residents to “Shop with Your Doc” to Support Health Eating Habits


(October 10, Napa, CA) – In a new effort to combat obesity rates and focus on preventive health, St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center and St. Joseph Health Medical Group will team up with Vallerga’s Market on Friday, October 21, to encourage Napa residents to “Shop with Your Doc,” in the place where the most important everyday health decisions are often made – the neighborhood supermarket.

“The grocery store is where most people decide what they and their families eat every week. A few small changes can make a big difference in our health and energy levels,” said Abhijit Adhye, MD, FSHM, FACP at St. Joseph Health Medical Group. “Nutrition labels can be confusing and knowing how to navigate the details is the first step towards improving eating habits and promoting overall health.”

According to the last published Napa County 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment, 40% of 5th, 7th and 9th grade students and 60% of adults in Napa County are overweight or obese, which puts them at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health issues. At a time when more and more food products promise health benefits and sport flashy labels, this event is focused on helping residents navigate the grocery store and make the best choices for their families.

“Shoppers have so many choices inside the market, and we want them to be able to make the most nutritious decisions they can,” said Chris Vallerga Burns of Vallerga’s Market. “This is another way Vallerga’s Market is committed to keeping our community healthy.”

The events are part of St. Joseph Health’s aggressive focus on “population health” – a concept which focuses on improving the health of entire communities, not just hospitalized patients. By focusing on prevention and urging patients to make better decisions about their everyday health through the adoption of responsible eating habits, health care providers can help combat obesity and other community health challenges.

In addition to the “Shop with Your Doc” events, Queen of the Valley Medical Center and Synergy Medical Fitness Center host a variety of nutritional education programs throughout the year including: Healthy 4 Life, Cooking Matters, and more. Shop with Your Doc events will take place across California this fall.

Where: Vallergas Market
3385 Solano Ave
Napa, CA 94558

When: Friday, October 21st
1:00pm - 4:00pm

About St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a regional heart center; a regional orthopedic center; a cancer center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons; the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a neurosurgery program affiliated with UCSF; a Women’s Center; maternity and infant care; inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery; and a full-service emergency department and trauma center, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

About St Joseph Health Medical Group
St. Joseph Health Medical Group is committed to improving local access to care in Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt, and surrounding communities. Since 2008, our medical group partners have grown to more than 225 providers representing 35 specialties across the region. We are a team of like-minded providers that offer high quality, patient-centered care and a more satisfying experience for patients and families. For details, visit


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