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Image: REAL Certified logoGreenwich Country Day School is Recognized by the USHFC as a National Leader in Healthy Dining

The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that the Greenwich Country Day School is the first school in the nation to become Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Certified, the nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice providers committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.

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“If kids are conditioned to eat highly processed foods that come out of a box, that’s what they will crave for the rest of their lives,” said Lawrence Williams, CEO of the USHFC. “Preparing real, whole foods from scratch may take more time and effort, but pay dividends in the form of longer, healthier lives. So we are certainly proud to highlight leaders such as GCDS for showing the way.”

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Modeled after the LEED green building certification program, REAL Certified uses Registered Dietitians (RDs) to audit foodservice operators for sustainability best-practices. REAL RDs review menus, ingredients, preparation methods, and sourcing, and award points in a wide range of criteria, such as the use of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; scratch cooking and minimally processed foods; healthier cooking methods; moderate portion sizes; and unsweetened beverages. Those that satisfy the necessary requirements are awarded and recognized as REAL Certified.

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Image: student eating lunch


Image: student eating lunch
Image: student eating lunch

“Greenwich Country Day spends a lot of time and effort on our food program. We understand the benefits of healthy eating and believe that lifelong patterns are developed at the youngest ages,” said Greenwich Country Day School Headmaster, Adam Rohdie. “This is why we are so proud to be recognized as the first school to achieve this designation. We will continue to encourage healthy and sustainable eating for our very youngest to our ninth graders.”

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Dining Hall staff and Headmaster Rohdie with REAL Cerfitication Award.

About United States Healthful Food Council
Established in 2012, the USHFC is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, dedicated to fighting diet-related disease by realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The USHFC works towards its mission through the REAL Certified holistic nutrition and sustainability certification program. REAL Certified foodservice operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). More information can be found at eatREAL.org.