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Let's Move Pittsburgh Facilitates App-Etizing Choices with Green Light Foods App

March 01, 2015
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App-etizing Choices

Phipps’ Let’s Move Pittsburgh program, which aims to fight childhood obesity through nutrition and physical education, developed the Green Light Foods app to empower shoppers to make healthy choices at the grocery store.

A simple scan of a barcode in the app reveals nutritional information, with a “traffic light” color grid to indicate low, moderate, and high concentrations of ingredients that contribute to obesity. “We are thrilled to offer Green Light Foods as a solution for parents and other caregivers with limited time to spend scrutinizing labels in the grocery store,” says Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini.

“It is our hope that the new tool will not only make it easier for families to embrace healthy living, but also help to instill in children better eating habits that will serve them well for a lifetime.” The app, which was developed collaboratively by Let’s Move Pittsburgh and students at Carnegie Mellon University, is available to download through iTunes and Google Play stores.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.622.6914.
Let’s Move Pittsburgh, — Colleen Ferguson

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Chef Walter Scheib


For the first time ever, the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency is hosting Washington County Restaurant Week! It all kicks off MARCH 3 at the Triple Crown Banquet & Conference Room at The Meadows Casino from 5-9 p.m., where celebrity chef and former White House Executive Chef Walter Scheib will make an appearance.

The inaugural week-long celebration, MARCH 9-15, features inhouse specials at participating restaurants. As of press time, participants include: Al an’ Ruben’s Bar & Grill, Angelo’s Restaurant, Atria’s Restaurant & Tavern, Beechie’s Place, Bella Sera, Bistecca Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Crazy Mocha, Franco’s Trattoria, Jacksons Restaurant Rotisserie Bar, Juniper Grill, Saga Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, The Meadows Casino, Palazzo 1837 Ristorante, Reflect Bistro and Bar, Toscana Brick Oven, and Zoup! Sponsors Beverage Distribution, Inc.; Horizon Properties Group, LLC; Melone Advertising; The Meadows Casino; Observer Publishing Company; Reinhart Food Service; Southern Wine and Spirits; and WJPA welcome patrons to prep their taste buds at the kick-off and get excited for a week of culinary excitement. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

App-etizing Choices
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