Through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of
Health and the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), Eat REAL™
Tennessee has announced the first REAL Certified establishments in Memphis.
and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) is a growing national program that helps
combat diet-related disease by recognizing foodservice operators committed to
holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.
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Memphis’s inaugural class of
REAL Certified foodservice establishments can be found throughout the city and
|Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Hog & Hominy
Lettuce Eat Salad Co.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Trolley Stop Market
Two Vegan Sistas
“Memphis is a city rich in local food
culture and community, and these eating establishments are helping shift the
environment towards a more healthful and sustainable model,”
said Eat REAL Tennessee Project Manager Nikkole Turner.
Eat REAL Tennessee is a statewide
initiative supported through a grant from the Tennessee Health Department as
part of an innovative approach to preventing diabetes and obesity across the
state. The program also serves as a community outreach platform, engaging and
educating the public on nutrition and healthy dietary choices.
Utilizing the points-based REAL
Index, independent registered dietitians conduct an assessment of menu
offerings and overall nutrition and sustainability practices. Establishments
are credited with points across a range of criteria such as the use of
vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy preparation methods, moderate portion
sizes, unsweetened beverages, healthy children’s options and sustainable sourcing.
Those that satisfy the necessary requirements are awarded and recognized as
The USHFC has partnered with the Memphis
Business Group on Health (MBGH) and certified its annual awards luncheon
this year at Rhodes College. “We were able to offer our awardees a
healthy and locally sourced meal in support of our mission and that of the
said Cristie Travis, Chief Executive Officer of the MBGH.
All REAL Certified establishments
are featured on REALCertified.org and
promoted through the USHFC’s local partners to help identify “better
dining options. The USHFC is partnering with FITKids, a program of the
University of Memphis, to help Memphians find healthy family friendly dining
establishments through its website and mobile app.
“Shelby County Government is very excited
to be working with Eat REAL Tennessee to provide healthier options to our
employees and encourage better nutritional choices,” said Shelby County
Deputy Administrator Brenda Greene.
The newly certified Memphis
establishments mark an expansion of REAL Certified, which launched with a
restaurant campaign in Washington, DC, two years ago and has since grown to
include restaurants, workplace dining facilities and public venues in 28 states.
THE UNITED STATES HEALTHFUL FOOD COUNCIL (USHFC)
in 2011, 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 ushfc.org