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Criteria for Coding Foods

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Criteria for Coding Foods

Green

Provides at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low-fat dairy products and meets the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
Must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • ≤200 calories per portion as packaged
  • No more than 35 percent of total calories from fat
  • <10 percent of total calories from saturated fat
  • ≤35 percent of calories by weight from total sugars
  • Yogurt must be 2%, 1% or fat-free with no added sweeteners
  • Sodium content of 230 mg or less per portion as packaged
Rationale

Foods in this category are based on Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (April, 2012) and are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

 

Nutrition Environment Measures Survey Restaurant (NEMS-R) criteria is used for entrees, burgers and sandwiches, main dish salads, salads and sides.  To view this criteria and rationale, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/nems/measures.shtml#

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Yellow

Does not provide at least one serving of fruit, vegetable, and/or whole grains or non-fat/low-fat dairy products, but also does meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 
Must also meet all of the following criteria:

  • ≤200 calories per portion as packaged
  • No more than 35 percent of total calories from fat
  • <10 percent of total calories from saturated fat
  • ≤35 percent of calories by weight from total sugars
  • 2%, 1% or fat-free yogurt with added sweeteners
  • Sodium content of 230 mg or less per portion as packaged
Rationale

Foods in this category are based on Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations (April, 2012) and are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

Nutrition Environment Measures Survey Restaurant (NEMS-R) criteria is used for entrees, burgers and sandwiches, main dish salads, salads and sides.  To view this criteria and rationale, visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/nems/measures.shtml#
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Red

Does not meet green or yellow criteria.

 

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