Washington, DC (PRUnderground) November 2nd, 2016

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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).
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“The REAL certification is one of many accomplishments by Marist Dining Services and is a wonderful testament to our focus on wellness and sustainability,” commented Steve Sansola, Marist College Associate Dean of Student Affairs. “We take pride in our efforts to continuously enhance campus dining experiences for students, faculty and staff.”

REAL Certified is the nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice providers committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship.   USHFC’s third-party registered dieticians (RDs) utilize a points-based REAL Index to audit foodservice providers across a range of criteria. To become REAL Certified, operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). The organization has certified restaurants and corporate cafes in over 30 states, and last year the Stanford University became the first REAL Certified University.

“Since many life-long habits are formed at college, campus dining can have a major impact on the health of the student body,” said Lawrence Williams, CEO of the USHFC. “It is good to see Marist College taking this responsibility seriously and going above and beyond to provide a food environment that promotes healthy choices.”

About Marist College Dining

Marist Dining Services by Sodexo serves students, faculty, and staff on the Hudson Valley campus in Poughkeepsie, New York. The operation oversees one dining hall serving over 4000 meals daily, six cafes through-out campus, concessions for athletic games, and catering for all campus-wide events, year-round, seven days per week. Marist Dining prides itself in its commitment to local and sustainable sourcing and has also received national recognition for innovative recipes and resident dining special events.

About United States Healthful Food Council

Established in 2012, 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 eatREAL.org.