March 5, 2007
It's part of an effort to fight obesity in the community. UVa Medical System with the help of a Morrison Management Specialist launched “Signals for health."
The program aims to promote healthy eating habits for students through the idea of a color-coded system, which places food on an easy to read health scale.
“Obesity is absolutely killing us, literally,” said Dean of UVa School of Medicine, Dr. Author Garson. “There are 4,100 new cases of diabetes per day not per year per day, mainly in adults.”
Dean Garson added healthy eating habits begin at childhood. Charlottesville Mayor David Brown will follow this six month pilot in hopes of introducing "Signals for Health" throughout the local community and possibly the city schools.