Griffin Hospital to Feature NuVal Scores at Vending Machines, Cafeteria
Derby, CT – In its facilities, Griffin Hospital has the staff and equipment to cure, care for, and heal. But the hospital’s newest technology to promote everyday health can be found in an unlikely source—its food vending machines.
Starting this summer, the hospital’s vending machines, which carry everything from soft drinks to bottled water to sandwiches and ice cream, will begin to display NuVal scores for each item. The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System ranks all foods on a scale of 1 to 100. The higher the score, the higher the foods’ overall nutrition. Griffin Hospital helped create NuVal in 2008 with Dr. David Katz, Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
“A hospital is where you come to feel better, where health is our number one concern, and education is a large part of that,” said Beth Comerford, Deputy Director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. “Food plays such a major role in health, and our goal is to educate people about good nutrition, and help them make healthy choices. That’s where NuVal comes in.”
NuVal scores are determined by using a proprietary algorithm that calculates the existence of more than 30 nutrients in each food. The more “positive” attributes a food contains (vitamins, protein, fiber) as opposed to “negative” attributes (sugar, sodium, fat), the higher the NuVal score.
Scores will be posted inside the hospital’s vending machines, next to the price. Comerford said the hospital also plans to provide NuVal scores to its cafeteria offerings as well. The introduction of NuVal scores is part of the hospital’s WinFit employee wellness program, which promotes healthier lifestyles among the hospitals more than 1,000 employees through a variety of exercise, nutrition, and health education programs.
“The idea isn’t to limit choices at the vending machines, but to simply offer guidance, or in the case of NuVal, offer simple guidance, regarding the nutritional value of those choices,” Comerford said.
About Griffin Hospital:
Griffin Hospital, a 160-bed community hospital located in Derby, Connecticut, is one of only 10 hospitals worldwide to achieve designation as a Patient-Centered Hospital by Planetree, the leader in the patient-centered care movement. Griffin also received the Premier Healthcare Alliance 2010 Award for Quality, which recognizes top U.S. hospitals for efficiently providing outstanding patient care and consistently setting the standard in clinical excellence. Griffin’s ranking placed it in the top 1% of hospitals nationwide. As a Planetree hospital, Griffin is committed to providing personalized, humanistic, consumer-driven health care in a healing environment, to empowering individuals to be actively involved in decisions affecting their care and well-being through access to information and education, and to providing leadership to improve the health of the community it serves.
The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System is a unique food labeling system which ranks all foods between 1 and 100; the higher the score, the higher the food’s overall nutrition. NuVal Scores can be found in participating grocery stores, where they are posted on shelf tags next to the product price and on in-store signage. Currently, NuVal scores can be found at Price Chopper, Hy-Vee, Meijer, and United Supermarket stores, with more U.S. retail chains scheduled to introduce the system to their customers in 2010. Visitors to the NuVal website (www.nuval.com) can find sample scores in a variety of categories. NuVal is a joint venture formed in 2008 by Topco Associates, LLC, and Griffin Hospital. Retailers interested in learning more about the NuVal System can contact NuVal LLC at partners@NuVal.com or (781) 228-5800.