Portland, Maine (March 26, 2014)—Guiding Stars, the nation’s leading independent nutrition guidance program, today announced it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,626,796 for its food nutrition database and operating system that is used to score and present nutrition information for food products.
Guiding Stars applauds the effort by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Food and Drug Administration to advocate for good nutrition and healthy families. On behalf of the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel – experts in the fields of food and nutrition science and public health who are all deeply committed to helping consumers make informed and better food choices – I offer our support and encouragement for a thorough review of the Nutrition Facts label – what’s working and what’s not. All carefully considered efforts to revise this information and make it more useful to all American consumers would be welcome.
Portland, Maine/New York/Mountlake Terrace, Wash. (January 21, 2014)— In partnership with Guiding Stars and Wellness Layers, Premera Blue Cross has launched Serve it Up!™, a free, nutrition-focused social platform that helps people make healthier food choices at home and in the grocery store by “serving up” the most nutritious options first. The platform offers tools to build and share healthy shopping lists and recipes, coupons to lower food shopping costs and social engagement within the Serve it Up! community. Also available as a free mobile application, Serve it Up! is designed to help users make healthier food choices on the go. The Serve it Up! platform is available for license by other population wellness companies and is designed to complement and integrate with wellness incentive programs.
LaGrangeville, N.Y. – Health Quest has announced its new partnership with Guiding Stars, the nation’s leading independent nutrition guidance program, which is now in place at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital, who join Putnam Hospital Center in this effort. Putnam Hospital Center announced its launch of this same program in April, 2013. The project has been in development since licensing for it began in 2008.
In a major win for heart health in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration has taken a significant first step toward eliminating harmful trans fats from foods. The agency has issued a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils—the primary source of trans fat in desserts, frozen pizza, margarine and other processed foods—are no longer “generally recognized as safe.”
CONCORD, NH (October 29, 2013)— Brewster Academy, an independent, college preparatory day and boarding school in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, is teaming up with Guiding Stars, the nation’s leading nutrition guidance program, to educate students about healthy eating options and nutrition. The program, which will be implemented in Brewster Academy’s dining hall, is designed to help students make nutritious choices and garner the knowledge needed to make informed choices for years to come.
Portland, Maine (October 24, 2013)—A new study published in the journal Food Policy confirms that Guiding Stars, the nation’s leading nutrition guidance program, influences grocery shoppers’ selections, significantly increasing demand for products that are rated more nutritious, at the expense of those that are not.