NuVal Nutritional Rating System is for more than retail.

The joint venture between Skokie, Ill.-based Topco Associates LLC and Griffin Hospital, Derby, Conn., now serves as the starting point for the Sisters of Mercy hospital system’s new “Healthification” program.

“This is not the first time we’ve partnered with someone outside of retail,” said Robert Keane, senior communications manager for the program.

Keane said other examples include the program’s work with the American Council on Exercise and Aetna Insurance’s ActiveHealth.

Griffin Hospital also began putting NuVal nutritional ratings in its cafeteria and on vending machines this summer.

NuVal rates foods on a 1-to-100 scale based on nutritional value.


Retailers such as Hy-Vee, Meijer, Brookshire’s, Big Y, Skogen’s Festival Foods, Food City, Corborn’s and United Supermarkets use the NuVal system in their stores.

At Sisters of Mercy, based in Chesterfield, Mo, NuVal is used to evaluate dining hall options and ensure the hospital system “support a well-balanced life,” among its 36,000 employees according to a news release.

“’Healthification’ is the mindful pursuit of well-being, and Mercy is about making it easier for our co-workers and the people we serve every day to make these good decisions,” Lance Luria, Mercy’s health and wellness vice president, said in a news release. “What we know is that by making simple choices, we can dramatically affect our overall health.”

Changes made so far include replacing high-calorie bakery goods with fresh produce, installing produce stands and offering more healthful choices in foodservice. For example, one Rogers, Ark.-based facility has reduced its french fry sales 78% since the program was initiated.