Food shopping made easy: Access your grocery list from your cell phone!

Patient Expert

It's always something. That's a saying my son and I came up with years ago and it's so true. Case in point, my son finally remembered to bring his math book home to do his homework (he's horrible about that), but then left the completed work at home the next day. So, I'm rushing to school to get it to him in time to turn in. I made it But then later he told me it wasn't even due until the next day. Another example is packing my daughter's diaper bag. I packed all the diapers, the bottles of water, wipes, extra clothes, etc. Then I get to my destination only to realize I forgot to pack the formula for the bottles. It's always something. It seems like stuff like that happens daily. Usually it's just dumb things like that, nothing earth shattering, just daily annoyances that are just life. But a friend of mine who works at the American Heart Association here in West Virginia was telling me about a new program that was right up my alley.

It's my most common "it's always something." The grocery list I spend so much time writing almost always gets left behind. Unfortunately, I don't realize it until I'm at the store. But at least I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who does this. In fact, according to recent studies, 74 percent of female shoppers create grocery lists, but more than 70 percent of them forget their list at home.

But now, if you have a cell phone or a PDA with web capabilities, it's no problem. The AHA has developed a new online grocery shopping tool, allowing your list to be not only at your fingertips, but healthy. The list is made up of various categories of foods, all of which are a part of the Association's "Heart Checkmark" foods. These are foods that are approved by the AHA as being heart-healthy for you can your family. Childhood obesity and heart disease are major problems in our country, so a tool like this could take some of the guesswork out of what to buy. You can also add other needed items in the "My Items" category. Enter your e-mail address and save your list for future use. Print and go or download your list from your web-enabled mobile phone or PDA. Be sure to visit for more cooking tools, menu planners, and food calculators and visit for the virtual grocery list.