Compass Group introduces new healthy concept

Oct. 14—Compass Group has introduced whole+sum, a new station concept that offers healthful, customizable meals for 600 calories or less, as part of its new Balance (formerly Balanced Choices) program.

The program features detailed nutrition information on a wide range of ethnic cuisines including Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian along with American favorites. Customers can create their own meal with a balance of vegetables, whole grains and protein, with a standard nutritional profile of 600 calories or less, 20 grams total fat or less, 5 grams saturated fat or less and 600 mg of sodium or less.

“Addressing our customers and clients’ demands, whole+sum provides great flavors and customizable selections that align with the healthful requirements of today’s consumers,” said Deanne Brandstetter, vice president of nutrition and wellness. “The goal is energizing your body with great food that happens to be healthy.”

Compass unit managers and chefs must complete a 10-module online course called Nutrition Fundamentals, which was developed by Framingham State College along with an additional whole+sum course before the program can be implemented into their operation.

The concept has already been implemented at Pace University in New York and Idaho State University in Pocatello.

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