Children's Hospital Colorado

About the Healthy Hospital Go Slow Whoa Program at Children's Hospital Colorado

An infographic that says "go slow whoa" at the top with go in green, slow in yellow and whoa in red. Below it is a green bar with an apple icon in white and the words "Eat these almost anytime! These foods and drinks are lowest in fat, sugar, and sodium, and lower in calories." Below that is a yellow bar with a cheese icon in white and the words "Sometimes it's okay to eat and drink these. They may be higher in fat, sugar, sodium, and/or calories than green." Below that is a red bar with a cupcake icon in white and the words "Whoa! Should I eat that? These foods and drinks are high in fat, sugar and/or sodium, and may have many more calories."

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we take nutrition seriously. Good nutrition means offering healthy options as part of the variety of foods available to our patients, visitors and team members.

To help make choosing the best foods for you easier, we adopted the “Go, Slow, Whoa Campaign.” Throughout our cafeteria and vending machines you will find green, yellow and red stickers on freshly prepared menu items, prepackaged items and convenience foods. Let's explore what these colors mean.

Green foods or “Go” foods are foods to eat often.

These are foods that are good to eat almost anytime. They are the lowest in saturated fat, added sugar, calories and sodium. Aim for most of your purchases to be green! Examples of green foods are water, fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.

Yellow foods or “Slow” foods are foods to eat sometimes.

These foods aren’t off-limits, but they should be eaten in moderation. These foods are high in many nutrients that are needed for good health, but many are also higher in fat, sugar or calories than anytime foods. Try to limit these foods to no more than one serving a day from each group. Examples of yellow foods are eggs, avocados, nuts and peanut butter.

Red foods or “Whoa” foods are foods to eat less often.

These foods should make you stop and say, “Whoa! Should I eat that?” Whoa foods are often processed foods, high in fat and/or added sugar and are much higher in calories. Whoa foods are once-in-a-while foods. Examples of red foods are soda, French fries, chicken fingers, chips, pepperoni and sweets like ice cream and cake.