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Family Time: Let’s Eat

Sometimes people are surprised to hear that Ingles Markets has a registered dietitian. I’ve been the Corporate Dietitian for Ingles Markets for almost 19 years.  My job is primarily to inform consumers and our Ingles Markets associates about nutrition and food-related issues.

Writing – I write regular columns on food and nutrition for several regional publications including WNC Parent, Upstate Parent, Asheville Citizen Times, Smoky Mountain News and Smoky Mountain Living. 

Ask Leah! – Consumers can call 800-334-4936, e-mail at, tweet @InglesDietitian or visit Facebook with food and nutrition questions.

Media – I appear on regional TV on WSPA’s Your Carolina WSPA. I have also hosted the Ingles Information Aisle on WWNC 570am for the past 12 years. You can hear the show every Saturday morning at 8:05 a.m. on News Radio 570 or online via iheart radio. There are also podcasts of previous shows at

Presentations – I do free presentations for groups of 50 or more on a variety of nutrition and food topics 

Supermarket Tours – For small (15 or less people) groups that would like to learn more about shopping on a budget or smart shopping tips for those with health conditions, including celiac disease, diabetes, heart disease, weight loss concerns or high blood pressure, I conduct educational store tours that last approximate one hour.

Local food – For several years I’ve been involved with the local food and farming community and 6 years ago started organizing Taste of Local events in our stores to showcase some of the local farmers and vendors that supply Ingles.  

New product buying meetings – Occasionally, I work with our Ingles buyers when we have new product buying meetings and offer my advice and opinion on different products. 

Gluten-Free – For over 10 years, I’ve been an advocate for the celiac and gluten-sensitive shopper and have worked to plan various events for the celiac and gluten-free customer including large expos and educational summits for support group leaders throughout the Southeast.  

Social Media – I manage the social media platforms for Ingles Markets and my @InglesDietitian Twitter handle. Fun fact: I’m the most followed supermarket dietitian in the country!