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Guiding Stars® Nutritional Ranking System Extended to MUB Union Court

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The ranking system Guiding Stars® that rates food based on nutritional value according to the recommendations of the FDA and the USDA is now being used in Union Court at the MUB.

Dining Services adopted the plan for its three dining halls in 2009. Foods high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and whole grains receive one to three stars for good, better, best nutritional content, with three stars denoting the best. Trans fat, saturated fats, cholesterol, added sugar and sodium impact the ratings. Those foods that don’t receive stars don’t meet the guidelines.

Union Court is the latest venue on campus to use the guidelines. On Thursday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., UNH dietitian Rochelle L'Italien and students in the nutritional department will be in the MUB food court promoting healthy eating choices and the Guiding Stars® system. Samples of foods that meet the recommendations will be available. There also will be a raffle.

In addition to introducing the ranking system in Union Court, UNH Dining’s Website has nutrition information about the items offered at each station. Learn more here: http://www.unh.edu/dining/locations/menus/new_menu_union_court.html.

Since the introduction of the Guiding Stars® program, Dining Services has been challenged to rethink ingredients and incorporate more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fiber into its meals while reducing added salt and sugar.

Dining Services recently teamed with Healthy UNH to offer an interactive map that provides nutritional information on food served in the dining halls. The map also shows what healthy options are available in Dining’s retail stores. Get information here: http://www.healthyunh.unh.edu/Dining/.