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Vol. LVIII, No. 11
June 2, 2006
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Cafeterias Offer 'Balanced Choices Campaign'

The ORS Division of Employee Services, in partnership with Eurest Dining Services, recently launched a new Balanced Choices campaign in the 6 Eurest dining centers on campus.

The program was developed by a task force of registered dietitians, chefs and managers, and "provides a wellness vision for the Eurest dining centers," according to ORS. "The program is anchored by comprehensive training and is updated to reflect emerging nutrition and wellness trends."

The Balanced Choices icon system enables customers to identify menu items that meet their dietary needs.

Can you identify the icons at left?

Each Balanced Choices entrée will display a product identification card at the point of service. The card will note the menu item name and the icon(s) for that particular entrée. Each menu item has been analyzed to meet the specific icon criteria.

A few of the breakfast items customers can choose from include the Denver scrambled eggs with low-fat cheese and low-cholesterol eggs, or the orange oatmeal muffins. Lunch items include a honey dijon chicken sandwich, or a garden salad with lime cilantro dressing. Balanced Choices entrées and sides will change daily but will always carry the product identification card. In addition, all of the deli salads and salad bar entrées are now made with light mayonnaise.

Look for the Balanced Choices campaign board at the entrance of each Eurest dining center for up-to-date nutrition information. Also, don't forget to pick up a handy pocket Food Icon Guide.

For more information about the campaign and to obtain monthly coupons good for free and discounted items, visit http://does.ors.od.nih.gov/food/balancedChoices.htm.