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Published on May 14, 2013

NuVal Receives Golden Apple Award

NuVal LLC, the owner of a nutrition ranking system used in more than 1,600 supermarkets across the country, has recently been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple Award is presented to an organization or individual that has made significant contributions to the profession of dietetics in Minnesota.

“NuVal has always been dedicated to making good nutrition easily accessible with our comprehensive nutritional scoring system,” said NuVal LLC General Manager Mike Nugent. “We are extremely honored to receive this recognition, but while we have received the award, the award should also be given to all of the partners involved with our activities, because nutrition is about community solutions and no better community exists than our partners, including BLEND (Better: Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily), Sartell Schools, and our retail partners in Minnesota: Coborn’s, Hy-Vee, Lunds and Byerly’s.”

Under the NuVal® System, foods are graded on a scale from 1 to 100. The higher the NuVal Score, the more nutritious the food is overall. NuVal was nominated for the award by The Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Southeast district for the company’s consumer grocery rating system.

“It’s easy to make healthier food choices when you shop using the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System,” BLEND Coordinator Jodi Gertken said. “You can tell at a glance which product is rated higher in overall nutrition.”

About NuVal LLC

The NuVal Nutritional Scoring System is a unique food labeling system which ranks all foods between one and 100; the higher the score, the higher the food’s overall nutrition. NuVal scores are determined using an algorithm that looks at more than 30 food factors and ingredients (such as levels of sugar, sodium and fiber). The system was created by Dr. David Katz of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and a dozen experts in the fields of diet and nutrition. Visitors to can find sample scores in a variety of categories. NuVal LLC is a joint venture formed in 2008 by Topco Associates, LLC, and Griffin Hospital. Learn more at


BLEND (Better: Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily), works with schools, youth-serving organizations, local government and the medical community to raise awareness regarding the devastating health effects of childhood obesity. BLEND also supports and develops policies and systems that will increase daily physical activity and good nutritional choices for kids and families. This is done through public programming, community events and advocacy. BLEND is supported by the CentraCare Health Foundation. To learn more visit

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