Eat REAL in the News

Clif Bar & Company’s On-Site Café First in the Nation to Receive Gold REAL Certification

Business Wire || August 2, 2017 EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clif Bar & Company’s Kali’s Kitchen, an employee-run sustainable café at Clif’s headquarters, is the first to receive Gold certification in sustainability and nutrition from the United States Healthful Food Council’s (USHFC) non-profit organization Eat REAL. Eat REAL, or Responsible Epicurean Agricultural Leadership, holistically audits food service providers’… Read More

Does your restaurant get 5 stars for animal welfare?

by Zlati Meyer || USA TODAY || June 8, 2017   For diners who want to know what kind of life the animals on their dinner plates had, there’s a new source of insight. An independent program that certifies restaurants, cafeterias and some packaged-goods companies as meeting certain health and nutrition standards now include certification for animal welfare. The… Read More

This new food label goes further than any previous certification

By Maria LaMagna || MarketWatch || June 5, 2017 MarketWatch photo illustration/iStockphoto: Friesian cattle in a farmers field taken from under a tree. Your head may already be spinning when trying to remember the differences between food labels including “organic,” “fair trade” and “non-genetically modified.” Here’s one more you may start seeing at your local… Read More

Eat REAL® Collaborates with the ASPCA to Provide More Humane Options in Foodservice Establishments

First US foodservice certification program to adopt farm animal welfare standards. San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) May 2nd, 2017 Eat REAL®, the nation’s leading certifier of nutritional and environmental excellence in foodservice, has announced that by 2021 all REAL Certified® restaurants and foodservice providers will be required to source a significant portion of their animal products… Read More

UCSF Becomes the First REAL Certified® Medical Center in the Nation

San Francisco, CA (PRUnderground) March 29th, 2017 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Health’s Nutrition and Food Services has become the first healthcare organization to be REAL Certified® for its use of nutrition and sustainability best practices. Serving over 8,000 patients, customers, faculty, staff, and students per day, UCSF joins other institutions in higher education… Read More

Doctors tell patients to Eat REAL®

Leading physicians leverage REAL Certified® to help consumers identify real food San Francisco, CA (March 22nd, 2017) – Recognizing the irrefutable connection between diet and chronic disease, the medical community is increasingly starting to advise patients on what—and where—to eat. To that end, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) and the Institute for Responsible Nutrition… Read More

EatREAL Releases List of Seattle’s Healthiest Restaurants

The United States Healthful Food Council Releases REAL25 Seattle, the City’s Most Healthful and Sustainable Restaurants Press Contact: Melissa Rouse,, 808.960.4593 Seattle, WA (January 17th, 2017) – As part of its efforts to help decrease diet-related disease, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) has released a list of Seattle’s 25 most healthful and environmentally… Read More

BVSD Food Services earns REAL certification from United States Healthful Food Council

  CONTACT: Ann Cooper, 720-561-5042, Melissa Rouse, United States Healthful Food Council, 808.960.4593,   View original press release here. BOULDER, CO: After undergoing an audit to determine its level of healthful and sustainable food service practices, Boulder Valley School District recently became the first public school district in the nation to be REAL Certified… Read More

Marist College Becomes New York State’s First REAL Certified University

Washington, DC (PRUnderground) November 2nd, 2016 Download PDF here: Marist College Press Release PDF The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that Marist College has become the first university in the state of New York to be audited and certified for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). “The REAL certification is one of many… Read More

Sacred Heart University Becomes the First REAL Certified College Campus in CT

Originally posted on Digital Journal Washington, DC (September 27th, 2016) The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that Sacred Heart University has become the first higher-education provider in the state of Connecticut to be audited and certified for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL). “The food environment has a tremendous influence on dietary… Read More