As part of BJC’s Help for Your Health employee wellness program, food items available in BJC’s cafeterias are “facing off” in a series of nutrition challenges. Each “food fight” pits one type of food against another to see which is healthier. In a recent bout, a cheeseburger faced off against a spicy black bean burger. After a nutritional analysis -- including calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber and sodium -- the spicy black bean burger was declared the winner.
“It’s a fun way to bring attention to the better-for-you food items in our cafés,” says Aaron Reinberg, MPH, RD, LD, Morrison Management Specialists health and wellness manager. “The food fights provide an educational aspect, with an added element of surprise and fun.”
Reinberg says food items that battle it out include highly popular items in the cafeterias across BJC, as well as items suggested by BJC Help for Your Health committee members.
Most of the foods were analyzed using Morrison's “Webtrition” recipe management solution.
“Webtrition allows us to provide accurate and reliable nutrition information on all of our products,” Reinberg says. To analyze food items not listed in Webtrition, a web-based nutrition ingredient program was used.
Employees should look for the food fights to begin in BJC’s cafeterias this summer. In addition to the food items already chosen for competition, Reinberg says employees can submit their own ideas for future food fights. “There is always a possibility of putting new foods in the ring to fight it out as the year goes on,” she says.
“The idea is to boost interest in trying the winning options with the hope of improving overall health -- one food choice at a time,” Reinberg adds.
To suggest a food fight pairing, or for more information about specific food items, email Aaron Reinberg.