PRESS- Canteen Adopts “Smart Choice” Meals - Butler VA Health Care System
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Butler VA Health Care System

 

PRESS- Canteen Adopts “Smart Choice” Meals

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011                                                    

Veterans Canteen Service Adopts “Smart Choice” Meals

Butler, PA – The Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) at VA Butler Healthcare is offering new and improved healthy menu choices for Veterans. The new slogan “Smart Choices” highlights the healthy menu options available everyday to Veterans, from meals under 500 calories to new salads and soups.

“Smart Choice” meals contain less than 500 calories, 100 mg cholesterol and 800 mg sodium, with no more than 30% of calories coming from fat. Some of the new menu items include “mini” salads in a smaller, “right size” portion, Campbell’s Select Harvest Soups, and fresh fruit and veggie plates.

“We’re getting more and more health conscious,” said Yvonne Foley, Veterans Service Canteen Program Manager. Veterans are really enjoying the new healthy options. Foley is also currently working with a company to start having whole grain muffins and cookies available. This addition will be incorporated into the menu soon.

“Smart Choice” signs are displayed throughout the medical center so Veterans know which meal choice is the healthy option. These signs provide the calorie content for all the meals served. This summer, VA Butler will also have Smart Receipts—nutritional information printed on cash register receipts. 

“We are constantly striving to enhance healthy living for Veterans. These new offerings are a great opportunity for Veterans and staff to eat wisely,” said Karen Dunn, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Manager. Veterans can visit www.prevention.va.gov for more healthy living information.