My Smart Choice

Purpose: Create a visual connection for consumers who are interested in making healthy food and beverage choices throughout UW Health.

Inspiration: UW Health has an obligation to the community to model healthy living practices that incorporate nutritious eating into everyday life. The food and beverage choices offered to patients, employees and visitors should set a standard for high-quality, affordable nutrition.

The My Smart Choice symbol will represent healthy food and beverage choices across all of UW Health retail venues, catering and patient meal services. This project is a collaborative effort between Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services, UW Health Wellness Options at Work and the We Are Health Committee.

Entrée Calories ≤ 450 calories
Saturated Fat ≤ 5 grams
Trans Fat 0 grams
Sodium ≤ 600 milligrams
 
Vegetable Side Calories ≤ 100 calories
Saturated Fat ≤ 1 gram
Trans Fat 0 grams
Sodium 230 milligrams
 
Starch Side or Soup Calories ≤ 150 calories
Saturated Fat ≤ 2 grams
Trans Fat 0 grams
Sodium 230 milligrams
 

Desserts

Snacks

Calories

≤ 120 calories

≤ 250 calories

Added Sugar ≤ 7 grams
Saturated Fat ≤ 2 grams
Trans Fat 0 grams
Sodium 230 milligrams
 
Combination Meal Calories ≤ 500 calories
Saturated Fat ≤ 6 grams
Trans Fat 0 grams
Sodium ≤ 600 milligrams
 
Beverages – per 8 ounces Calories 120 calories or less
Saturated Fat ≤ 2 grams
Added Sugar or Sugar Substitutes 0 grams
Sodium 0 grams

Guiding Criteria for My Smart Choice at UW Health:
Dietary Guidelines for Americans
, 2015-2020 
The goal of the Dietary Guidelines is for individuals throughout all stages of the lifespan to have eating patterns that promote overall health and help prevent chronic disease.

Choose MyPlate 
Balancing Calories
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Enjoy your food, but eat less
      Avoid over-sized portions

Foods to Increase

     Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
     Make at least half your grains whole grains
     Switch to fat-free or low fat (1%) milk

Foods to Reduce
     Choose lower sodium foods 
     Drink water instead of sugary drinks

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