EatREAL® Tennessee

Eat REAL Tennessee is Leading the Nation!

Eat REAL has received funding from the Tennessee Department of Health to prevent diabetes and obesity. The Eat REAL Tennessee Initiative is the first of its kind in the U.S. and provides resources to inform consumers on nutrition and sustainability, as well as connect them with REAL Certified food and foodservice operators. Through eatreal.org, community-based activities, online resources, and social media Eat REAL maximizes public awareness of healthful and sustainable food and beverage.

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How Do We Do It?

Eat REAL Certified utilizes a flexible, points-based system that is implemented with the assistance of independent, third party Registered Dietitians (RDs) who guide each establishment through a comprehensive review process including menu analysis, invoice and supply chain verification, and interviews. To learn more about our auditing process, check out our FAQs.

Thanks to the support of the Tennessee Department of Health, we are able to go above and beyond our REAL Certified program requirements in TN. By supporting initiatives like the TN Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Welcomed Here initiative, and working with restaurants to implement recommended improvements, Eat REAL Tennessee continues to raise the bar for healthful and sustainable food.


Nikkole Turner Program Manager, Tennessee Nikkole@eatreal.org

"Greetings, I live on a small sustainable farm near Nashville and have a life-long passion for real food. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel throughout the state and develop partnerships with all types of food service establishments and like minded organizations that share the mission of Eat REAL Tennessee. Sustainable Agriculture and Local Commerce in the public interest are at the center of our values. Eat REAL Tennessee is a great solution for Tennesseans and supports a culture focused on improving the nutritional content of the menus through our partnerships with Registered Dietitians and growing the relationships between those establishments and our Tennessee farmers."