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Aramark and the American Heart Association Report Significant Strides in Delivering Healthier Menus to Americans - Business Wire

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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aramark,
the largest U.S. based food service company, who serves two billion
meals each year, and the American
Heart Association (AHA)
, the leading voluntary health organization
devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, today reported results
from the third year of their Healthy
for Life® 20 By 20
collaboration, which aims to improve the health
of all Americans 20 percent by 2020.

Fueled by science and research from the AHA, Aramark chefs and menu
developers pursued a variety of healthy menu strategies over the past
three years, achieving industry-leading impact across the millions of
meals served in workplaces, hospital cafés and college and university
dining halls. The healthy menu innovation work has achieved a 15 percent
average reduction across calories, saturated fat and sodium, while
significantly increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains on menus.
Specific changes include:

  • 19 percent reduction in saturated fat
  • 14 percent reduction in sodium
  • 11 percent reduction in calories
  • 9 percent increase across fruits, vegetables and whole grains

“Our long-standing collaboration with Aramark illustrates our joint
commitment to improve access to healthy food choices,” said Nancy Brown,
Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association. “Our aim is
to meet people where they are to promote and inspire long and healthy
lives.”

DELIVERING INDUSTRY-LEADING HEALTHY MENU IMPACT

Designing new menus, creating innovative recipes, improving existing
favorites and sourcing the right ingredients helped Aramark make major
progress toward achieving its menu goals of reducing calories, saturated
fat and sodium by 20 percent and increasing fruits, vegetables and whole
grains 20 percent by the end of 2020.

To achieve its goal of increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains,
Aramark launched a major plant-forward
initiative
to elevate the role of healthy ingredients on its menus
in colleges and universities, hospital cafés and workplace locations.
The initiative introduced innovative recipes and aligned with existing
efforts to accelerate climate-healthy menus that lower greenhouse gas
emissions. Impact includes:

  • Over 200 new plant-based recipes created
  • 30 percent of menu offerings are vegan or vegetarian
  • 5 percent average reduction in the amount of red meat in Aramark
    recipes
  • More than 1,200 chefs have been trained in plant-based
    culinary innovation workshops

CONSUMER EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY IMPACT

Reaching millions of consumers, including communities in greatest need,
through health awareness outreach and education programs, Aramark and
the American Heart Association are inspiring people to make healthier
choices part of their everyday lives.

  • Launched in support of the Healthy for Life® 20 By 20
    initiative, Aramark’s Feed
    Your Potential
    consumer engagement campaign utilizes an
    ever-growing health promotion toolkit to encourage consumers to try
    healthy foods.
  • Worked with 300 local community centers and organizations in 50 cities
    to help
    families in underserved communities
    learn how to discover, choose
    and prepare healthy food, through hands-on educational experiences. A
    majority (60 percent) of participants increased the amount of fruit,
    vegetable and whole grains they eat each day, after participating in
    the program.
  • Developed an online tool containing science-based educational
    experiences, orientation materials, recipes and support resources, all
    free to download
    , for program leaders around the country.

About Healthy for Life® 20 By 20

In 2015, the American Heart Association and Aramark introduced an
innovative new health impact model. The initiative established a
multi-year collaboration between a preeminent health organization and a
leading food company, who committed to working closely together to
leverage combined reach and resources, as part of a nationwide
initiative designed to help millions lead healthier lives. For more
information on Healthy for Life® 20 By 20, visit: http://www.aramark.com/healthyforlife.
Sign up to receive healthy tips and recipes on www.fyp365.com
or follow @Aramark
on Instagram.

About Aramark

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world
champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the
world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and
cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around
the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and
nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food,
facilities management and uniforms. We work to put our sustainability
goals into action by focusing on initiatives that engage our employees,
empower healthy living, preserve our planet and build local communities.
Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by
FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign
and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or
connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer,
healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the
Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for
all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their
heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous
organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research,
advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving
resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or
by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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