Sacred Heart University Becomes the First REAL Certified College Campus in CT

Industry: Health and Nutrition

Washington, DC (PRUnderground) September 27th, 2016

The United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced today that Sacred Heart University has become the first higher-education provider in the state of Connecticut to be audited and certified for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL).

“The food environment has a tremendous influence on dietary habits and health, which is especially critical during the formative college years when many lifelong habits are formed,” said Lawrence Williams, CEO of the USHFC. “It’s inspiring to see universities such as Sacred Heart doing their part to shift the American diet towards a more healthful and sustainable model for generations to come.”

REAL Certified is the nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice providers committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship. USHFC’s third-party registered dieticians (RDs) utilize a points-based REAL Index to audit foodservice providers across a range of criteria. To become REAL Certified, operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). The organization has certified restaurants and corporate cafes in over 30 states, and, last year, Stanford University became the first REAL Certified University.

James Barquinero, Senior Vice President of Enrollment, Student Affairs & Athletics describes SHU Dining and Chartwells as “Student-focused first and foremost. Highly responsive to the client’s needs and expectations for great food quality and service.  Overall, a dedicated commitment to excellence.”

About Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services 
Chartwells (SHU Dining) is the recognized leader in contract foodservice management, hospitality, and award-winning guest service within 270 college and university dining environments throughout academic institutions across the U.S. Chartwells’ new brand mantra, “Where Hungry Minds Gather,” signifies its commitment to reinventing the dining experience for the next generation of students and beyond. Their nutritious cuisine not only satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus, but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare students for the future. For more information, visit Chartwells’ websites at,,, or call toll-free at 1-855-9-Gather (855-942-8437).

About Eat REAL

Eat REAL® is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease. Launched in 2012, Eat REAL Certified is a nutrition and sustainability best practices certification program aimed at realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The organization has certified over 500 restaurants, corporate cafes and university and school dining services in 35 states, with financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation, the Mary Black Foundation, the Campbell Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at

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