Good Choice

Good Choice is a program that provides food distributors a way to promote healthier food and beverage products. In turn, their customers, such as food service providers in restaurants, hospitals, senior centers and child care centers, can more easily find and purchase healthier ingredients.

How Does Good Choice Work?

Good Choice works through a collaboration between health departments, distributors and their customers. About every six months, participating health departments review product inventories of participating distributors to identify healthier foods and beverages. Reviewers use the NYC Food Standards to identify products that meet science-based limits for calories, fat, sugar and sodium and minimum fiber requirements. Distributors then highlight foods and beverages that meet these requirements for their customers.

Why Good Choice?

More than 1 in 9 New Yorkers have diabetes and almost 30% have high blood pressure. Healthy eating can help prevent and control risk factors for diet-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Many food service venues want to offer healthier items, but may not have the time or ability to research product options. Good Choice makes it easy for food service venues, including restaurants, to identify healthier products sold by participating distributors. In turn, consumers benefit by having healthier options available to them when eating away from home.

Good Choice Nutrition Criteria

The Good Choice nutrition criteria is based on the NYC Food Standards, which were established in 2008 for all City agencies. The criteria include 15 food categories, such as pre-packaged snacks, sliced bread and salad dressing, and help identify which items within these categories are healthier choices.

Resources

If you have any questions about Good Choice, email goodchoice@health.nyc.gov.