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March 25, 2011

UChoose campaign promotes healthy food choices on campus

The next time you visit a campus dining facility, look for entrees marked with a gold apple label. You'll be making a healthy eating choice.

The labels are part of the University of Iowa's UChoose campaign, which highlights healthy food options for students, staff, patients and visitors dining at University Hospitals and Clinics, university residence halls and other dining areas.

UChoose-approved items meet the Healthy Campus Nutrition Guidelines, developed as part of a collaborative effort of Health Iowa/Student Health Service, UI Wellness/Human Resources, University Hospitals and Clinics Food and Nutrition Services, and University Housing and Dining. These food items meet one or more of the following criteria:

--fat makes up 30 percent or less of total calories
--zero trans fat
--added sugars are less than 25 percent of total calories
--whole grain as a major ingredient
--whole fruit and fruit juice is primarily used
--sodium is less than 480 milligrams per serving or less than 600 milligrams for entrees or sandwiches.

"We know that proper nutrition has an impact on energy, academic and work performance, weight management, and the prevention of chronic conditions such as cancer. People always have a choice, but the apple logo reminds people that they are choosing an item that will have a positive impact on their health," said Megan Moeller, coordinator of UI Wellness, a division of Human Resources.

UChoose was launched in January. The initial phase included the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where information about the program is available online at the hospital intranet and the food and nutrition services website (http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/uchoose). In March, in celebration of National Nutrition Month, staff, students, faculty and patients attended a health fair was held highlighting the six UChoose areas to improve healthy food choices, said Joan Dolezal, director of Food and Nutrition Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

UChoose was also introduced into the dining facilities at Burge and Hillcrest Marketplaces in January. "We've heard expressions of appreciation for our efforts to provide more healthy food options and our initiatives to raise the level of awareness among our students about healthier eating habits and lifestyles," said Greg Black, director of University Dining.

A phased rollout of UChoose to other University Dining satellite locations in buildings such as the Dental Science Building and Main Library will take place over the next few months.

For more information, see http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/uchoose/. For more information about healthy eating, see the National Nutrition Month website at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Megan Moeller, UI Wellness/Human Resources, 319-335-5424, megan-moeller@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu