Now through the end of the year, you could find a doctor in your favorite supermarket waiting to help you make healthier choices. That’s because Providence St. Joseph Health’s Southern California region is expanding its award-winning “Shop with Your Doc” program throughout Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, bringing medical experts into communities to help people make healthier decisions in their everyday lives.

Providence St. Joseph Health’s Southern California region is partnering for the fourth year with grocery stores, including Ralphs and Food4Less, to bring doctors, registered dieticians and other experts into grocery stores to provide free health and nutrition advice. Shoppers can learn how to navigate the aisles, tour the store with primary care physicians or dieticians, and receive free blood pressure checks. Cardiologists have also been added to the program, explaining the importance of a nutritious diet in helping prevent cardiovascular disease and offering heart health advice.

Some of the events, which are free and open to the public, will focus on at-risk communities facing pressing health needs such as higher-than-average rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

“Providence St. Joseph Health’s Southern California region is committed to meeting the pressing health and wellness needs of our communities,” said Erik G. Wexler, chief executive of the region that includes 14 hospitals and 60 doctor’s offices. “By expanding this program to bring our expertise into more communities and more locations, we are addressing broad health challenges in our region and making it easier for people to get expert health advice for themselves and their families.”