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Dining Offers Healthy Lunch and Info Feb. 18

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
February 17, 2010

Dining Services will host the healthy luncheon “Let the Guiding Stars Guide You Around the World” Thursday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Elements at Philbrook Hall. As part of a Healthy UNH initiative, the menu will boast food rated according to its nutritional value utilizing the Guiding Stars ranking system.

Developed by the Guiding Stars Licensing Co. and used in more than 2,500 grocery stores, the system lets consumers know at a glance just how healthy an item is by placing one to three stars on food packaging. The healthiest choices get three stars. An item that doesn’t have any stars means the food doesn’t meet the company’s criteria, which is based on FDA and USDA recommendations.

Foods high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and whole grains receive the top rankings Trans fat, saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugar and sodium can result in a food having a lower rating. Thursday’s luncheon, which is open to the public at the special price of $8, will offer an assortment of choices in all star categories.

Menu samples include such three-star entrees as baked southern chicken, grilled pork chops, edamame jambalaya and vegetarian four-bean chili. In the two-star category, diners can opt for Tuscan pasta sauté, tuna burger, Asian vegetables and sweet potato fries. One-star choices include steak pizziola, Thai coconut lo mein noodles, General Gau chicken, whole wheat pasta and chicken fried rice.  

Information will be available from the Healthy UNH group, Guiding Stars, and Dining’s in-house nutritional team. Healthy UNH was formed two years ago in an effort to improve the health of the campus community while decreasing healthcare costs

For more information on the Guiding Stars nutritional guidance system that UNH Dining utilizes, visit www.unh.edu/dining

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