Earth Fare, a natural and organic grocery store based in Asheville, North Carolina, is expanding its leadership team with the addition of an in-house medical expert.
Dr. Angela Hind, Earth Fare’s new chief medical officer, will work across all departments to enact and oversee a corporate health and wellness strategy that informs Earth Fare’s new product selection and merchandising to ensure the retailer offers “the healthiest assortment for the communities we serve,” the company says.
“Our country has an unprecedented epidemic of chronic illness from the food we eat,” said Hind. “Grocery stores have enormous power and responsibility to step up and be part of the solution by providing healthy food to everyone. That is Earth Fare’s mission, and my role as chief medical officer demonstrates Earth Fare’s commitment to being a place of wellness for its customers, its staff and for our society. “
Hind practiced internal medicine for nearly 20 years. After witnessing the growing number of chronic illnesses in patients, Hind sought additional training in molecular toxicology and functional medicine as a way to create an integrative approach to prevent and treat disease through diet, toxin avoidance and stress reduction.
Hind’s goals for her new role within Earth Fare include:
- Supporting Earth Fare’s commitment to being the healthiest grocer in North America through its product quality standards, guided by Earth Fare’s food philosophy and Boot List;
- Creating a customer wellness program that will help new and existing shoppers meet their specific health objectives;
- Strengthening employees’ understanding of health and wellness so they can better educate customers;
- And developing meaningful, wellness-oriented employee benefits that empower employees to eat well, feel well and stay well;
“Dr. Hind has made it her life’s work to help Americans improve their health through their food choices. Many conditions can be prevented, treated or managed with proper nutrition,” said Earth Fare President and CEO Frank Scorpiniti. “We share this vision, and by having Dr. Hind’s expert medical and nutritional counsel, Earth Fare can continue to improve the health of both our shoppers and our employees, to truly help them ‘Live Longer with Earth Fare’”.
In the past, Hind has consulted with Earth Fare to develop programs including the Clean Pantry Makeover, and contributed to Earth Fare’s in-store magazine The Clean Plate.