Turn A New Leaf Program at Monadnock Food Co-op

TNL Logo 12.14The Monadnock Food Co-op is proud to partner with a community health program to help our customers make the healthiest choices in our deli.  The Turn a New Leaf (TANL) Program is the first county-wide healthy eating initiative in the state and was created by the Monadnock Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) program.

Monadnock HEAL works with worksite wellness programs and food venues to align with the mission of Healthy Monadnock 2020.  The TANL program partners with area institutions, worksite cafeterias and restaurants to make it easier to choose healthier options when dining out.  When dining out, it can be challenging to eat healthy.  When compared with home cooked meals, eating on-the-go tends to include food with higher saturated fat, salt and calories.  The TANL program requires that meals are analyzed for certain nutrient criteria, then given a logo to represent how many criteria the meal has met (see below).

healthy logoMenu items are marked with a logo containing a green elm leaf and red heart logo – the elm leaf is a reference to Keene being the Elm City.

TANL developed the nutrition criteria by reviewing and aligning with current national nutrition recommendations and guidelines.  The program’s nutrition criteria promote foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and other foods that are known to support optimal health.  One of the main goals of TANL is to help diners limit total fat, saturated fat, calories, and sodium; making the healthiest choice possible while dining out.

The 6 criteria to meet a healthy option are:

  • No Trans Fat
  • 750 calories or less
  • Less than 600 mg of sodium
  • Less than 10% of calories and <8 grams from saturated fat
  • 1 cup of fruit or vegetables
  • 1 ounce of whole grains, or ½ cup of beans

The more criteria the meal meets, the more hearts it receives:

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healthy logo  A single heart represents meeting 3 out of 6 criteria for a Healthy Meal

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healthier logoTwo hearts represent meeting 4 out of 6 criteria for a Healthier Meal

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healthiest logoThree hearts represents meeting 5 out of 6 criteria for a Healthiest Meal

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The Turn a New Leaf program shows that together, restaurants, food venues and their patrons can work with one another to become the healthiest community in the nation.  For more information, or if you know of a dining establishment who would like to participate in this program, please contact Monadnock HEAL Program Coordinator, Maryanne Keating at mkeating@cheshire-med.com or  call 354-5454 ext 2369.

Participating Venues:

  • Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene
  • Little Zoe’s Take and Bake Pizza
  • Luca’s Market
  • Elm City Bagels
  • Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services (HCS)
  • Monadnock Food Co-op
  • Keene State College
  • Keene Community Kitchen
  • The Swamp Bat’s Food Court
  • Maplewood Nursing Home
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