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ARDMORE,OK--Oklahoma ranks in one of the top ten most obese states in the country.

Six out of ten people in the sooner state are overweight. Now, an Oklahoma grocery chain is trying to help shoppers make a healthy change.

Meredith Saldana has more on this story.

Grocery shopping can be a time consuming task for many Texoma families--especially if you take the time to read nutrition labels on some of your favorite household snacks.

But Homeland grocery stores have teamed up with a program called Guiding Stars to help you the shopper make healthy choices.

It's not a diet program but a nutrition program.

"It could help them out a lot. The more education we get the more knowledge we have, on anything, the better choices we'll make," Brad Carder, Manager at the Ardmore Homeland.     

Here's how it works: each item throughout the store receives a zero to three star rating according to it's nutritional value.

Guiding Stars uses the most current guidelines from groups like the FDA and USDA.

Foods with fibers and whole grains receive higher marks than those foods with trans fats and added sodium.

We're gonna pick the three star over the one star just because we know it's a good choice for our family," said shopper Mindy Keith.

It's all in an effort to offer shoppers a quick, simple tool that helps them identify foods with the most nutrition for the calories.

"They can go to an item, look at it and know that it's gonna have more vitamins, minerals, whole grain and fiber," said Carder

As a mom here is what I found interesting about the program, not only is adult food rated but so is baby food and parents tell us it helps them get in and out the door just a little bit quicker.

"Everyone's so busy, you're not having to read all of the back of the labels to make sure that this one's better than the next one. It's right there for you; one star, two star, three star," said Keith.

Parents say with all of the unhealthy temptations on store shelves--any guidance is helpful.

"I love it. I think it's great. It definitely helps you make better nutritional choices for your family," said Keith. 

The Guiding Stars program has been launched in all seventy-two Homeland Stores in Oklahoma including the one in Madill.

Meredith Saldana, KTEN News