Dietitian Approved Thumb

WE DID THE WORK FOR YOU!

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Build your basket with us! The Dietitian Approved Thumb (DAT) makes it easy to identify healthy foods that are dense in nutrition from lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains, etc.

"Let this be your guide to building healthier habits by cooking more meals home, making simple substitutions of healthier ingredients in your favorite recipes or even trying out one of the dietitian-approved recipes on our website. Above all, know that Your Commissary can meet your health and wellness needs.”

–Deborah Harris, Dietitian, Defense Commissary Agency
MPH, RD, CDE (Masters of Public Health, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator)

There are approximately 3,200 consumer packaged goods that are in the DeCA portfolio that qualify for the DAT. This number will continue to grow!  

How does the DAT work?

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What is the Commissary’s Dietitian Approved Thumb (DAT)? 

Choosing nutrient-rich foods from your commissary just got a whole lot easier with the relaunch of the Nutrition Guide Program.  DAT is a point-of-purchase nutrition identification program that makes it easier for shoppers to find products based on many nutrition attributes. These products are identified by the Dietitian Approved Thumb (DAT). It's a unique resource to us, no other retailer has this type of program. There is only one label: Dietitian Approved Thumb. The point-of-sale (POS) label help patrons identify nutrient dense and high performance food items in order to build a more nutritious basket. 
 

How does the DAT work?

The commissary’s DAT uses Thumbs Up shelf tags to highlight products that are nutritionally dense, high performing foods while taking the guesswork out as the DAT guides you in choosing nutritious items to assist with building a healthy overall eating pattern. 
The DAT is designed to improve ones' overall health by putting Thumbs Up tags on food items that are dietitian approved making it easier to identify products that supplement wellness needs.
 

How does one follow a healthy meal pattern?

The Dietitian Approved seal is our way of helping you quickly identify items to improve the nutrition quality of your diet. Look at it as a "dietitian alongside you" helping you choose items that are align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote a healthy eating pattern. You no longer have to look at the Nutrition Facts label and try to decipher as we did the work for you. 

Fill your cart with mostly: 
• Fresh produce 
• Lean meats and eggs 
• Packaged items that have the Green Thumbs-Up 
• Include a few indulgences and treats and use the nutrition attributes to guide you. 

Using DAT to build a shopping cart filled with nutritious foods is the first step in building a healthy eating pattern that supports readiness and resilience. 
 

Using DAT to build a shopping cart filled with nutritious foods is the first step in building a healthy eating pattern that supports readiness and resilience. 

Read more about the Dietitian Approved Thumb on the Commissary Connection blog.

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