My Smart Choice

My Smart Choice helps take the guesswork out of selecting healthier food and beverage options.UW Health’s My Smart Choice takes the guesswork out of choosing healthier foods and beverages.

 

Look for the My Smart Choice symbol (pictured right) while making selections from our patient room service menus, vending and catering, to help you identify delicious, nutrient-rich foods, made with the best ingredients to benefit your health.

 

My Smart Choice Guidelines

 

Entree or Main Course  
Calories 450 calories or less
Saturated Fat  5 grams or less
Trans Fat 0 grams 
Sodium 600 milligrams or less 
   
Vegetable Side  
Calories 100 calories or less 
Saturated Fat 1 grams or less 
Trans Fat 0 grams 
Sodium 230 milligrams or less 
   
Starch Side or Soup  
Calories 150 calories or less 
Saturated Fat 2 grams or less 
Trans Fat 0 grams 
Sodium 230 milligrams or less 
   
Dessert  
Calories 120 calories or less 
Saturated Fat 7 grams or less 
Trans Fat 2 grams 
Sodium 230 milligrams or less 
   
Snack  
Calories 500 calories or less 
Saturated Fat 6 grams or less 
Trans Fat 2 grams 
Sodium 600 milligrams or less 
   
Beverage (per 8 ounces)  
Calories 120 calories or less 
Saturated Fat 2 grams or less 
Sodium 0 grams 
Added Sugar (or Sugar Substitutes) 0 grams 
   

 

Vending and My Smart Choice


To help our patients and staff incorporate nutritious eating into everyday life, our vending machines are visually separated into three zones, and our registered dietitians recommend:

  • Snacks in the green zone are better for your and can be eaten daily
  • Snacks in the yellow zone have limited nutritional value and can be eaten occasionally
  • Snacks in the red zone have little or no nutritional value

UW Health is committed to being the best healthcare environment for our patients and the best work environment for our faculty, staff and associates. My Smart Choice is a collaborative effort between Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services and UW Health’s employee wellness program (Wellness Options at Work).

 

Guiding Criteria for My Smart Choice at UW Health

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2015-2020. The goal of the Dietary Guidelines is for individuals throughout all stages of the lifespan to have eating patterns that promote overall health and help prevent chronic disease.
  • Choose MyPlate
    • Balancing Calories
    • Enjoy your food, but eat less
      • Avoid over-sized portion
    • Foods to Increase
      • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
      • Make at least half your grains whole grains
      • Switch to fat-free or low fat (1 percent) milk
    • Foods to Reduce
      • Choose lower sodium foods
      • Drink water instead of sugary drinks