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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 19, 2005

Graphic Program Encourages UI Diners To Eat Healthy

Diners in University of Iowa residence halls and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics dining centers will see new graphics depicting the fruit, vegetable and grain food groups and the proportions they should be eating for better health, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The signs, which even appear on IMU food carts, are derived from the USDA's "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." They are part of a university-wide program designed to educate people on some of the recommendations from the new food guidance system.

Megan Moeller, UI Wellness coordinator, says "It is our goal to raise awareness with the hopes that visitors to UI dining facilities, whether students, staff, patients or visitors, will check out the facts about what foods fit best into their personal health."

The MyPyramid chart is available also from

The program is joint effort by UI Wellness, the faculty and staff wellness program of UI Human Resources, and Health Iowa, a division of Student Health Service, the health promotion program serving the student population, with the support from UIHC Food and Nutrition Service and UI Food Service.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048,; Program: Megan Moeller, 319-335-5424, or Kathy Mellen, 319-335-8531,