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Turn a New Leaf Program Now at the Monadnock Food Co-op

Turn a New LeafSubmitted by Healthy Monadnock 2020 Partner in Action, Cheshire County H.E.A.L & Organizational Champion, Monadnock Food Co-op

The Monadnock Food Co-op recently adopted the Turn a New Leaf Nutrition Labeling Program to help its shoppers choose healthier options in the Co-op's deli. The Turn a New Leaf Program, a county-wide healthy dining initiative, is led by the Cheshire County Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) initiative. 

This past summer, Jaclyn Lee, a Dietetic Intern from Keene State College, analyzed ten of the Co-op's recipes, determining that each met the program's criteria for a healthy option. These recipes are now labeled with a logo containing a green elm leaf and a red heart.  The healthiest recipes are labeled with three hearts.

"We hope to analyze more of our deli recipes in the future  and empower our shoppers to make healthier choices in our Co-op's hot bar and grab & go section", says Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager.

"Monadnock Food Co-op is leading the way with other local establishments in our community in making the healthy choice, the easy choice.  This leadership’s commitment to offer delicious, healthy menu options is helping create a culture that supports Healthy Monadnock 2020, where working together, we can become the nation’s healthiest community," says Maryanne Keating, Cheshire County Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) Coordinator.


ABOUT THE TURN A NEW LEAF PROGRAM
Cheshire County Healthy Eating Active Living (H.E.A.L.) initiative launched the Turn a New Leaf (TANL) program in 2011. Turn a New Leaf developed nutrition criteria to identify healthier menu items at area dining establishments, make suggestions to help chefs meet the criteria and establish a standard among participants that's formulated with U.S. Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines in mind. Criteria addresses calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. For more information about TANL, contact Cheshire County H.E.A.L. Coordinator, Maryanne Keating or call (603) 354-5454 ext 2369.