ARAMARK has long been an industry leader in offering solutions that promote health and wellness. In recognition of National Nutrition Month(R), ARAMARK is further committing its knowledge and culinary expertise with several programs encouraging healthy eating habits and lifestyles for its customers, as well as for the members of its communities.
ARAMARK’s support of National Nutrition Month, celebrated annually in March, complements the company’s ongoing partnership with the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ARAMARK is the only professional services company to be an ADA Partner in the ADA’s Corporate Relations sponsorship program, and is one of the country’s largest employers of dietitians, with more than 750 deployed company-wide. Their unique skills are used every day in our business operations and in how we support and engage with our communities by helping to inform and educate thousands of individuals and families on how they can avoid chronic diseases, eat better and live an overall healthier lifestyle.
“ARAMARK touches tens of thousands of people around the world, giving us an excellent opportunity to help educate, enable and encourage people of all ages to adopt more healthy lifestyles to help in the fight against obesity and other conditions,” says Sharron Lent, Registered Dietitian and Vice President of Patient/Clinical Services for ARAMARK Healthcare. “National Nutrition Month offers an even greater chance to spotlight lifestyle changes that can give individuals and families a boost toward better health.”
ARAMARK’s programs, commitments and actions across the organization play an active role during National Nutrition Month and every day. Below are a few examples of activities taking place during the month of March.
In elementary schools across the country, ARAMARK recently launched Cool*Caf(TM), a new dining environment promoting healthier dining choices through nutritious menus, a fruit and vegetable bar, and faster service lines. Some schools have already reported a 50 percent increase in fruit and vegetable consumption with the concept. During National Nutrition Month, school districts also will feature fruit and vegetable tasting events as well as items grown at local farms.
As part of its ongoing development of healthy menu items, ARAMARK will introduce a dozen new Lighten-Up salads at business, hospital and university locations across the country. All are less than 500 calories and most have less than 10 grams of fat. The company’s new Lighten-Up Caesar and Chicken Caesar Salads will have less than half the fat of most traditional Caesars on the market.
ARAMARK will provide a nutrition newsletter at business, hospital and university locations across the country that provides insight and ideas for healthy cooking and lifestyles. The company will encourage consumers to read this information and share it at home with their families.
In hospitals and senior living facilities, ARAMARK is focusing on different components of healthy lifestyles for each of the four weeks of March. The first week will focus on nutrition for children, the second on young adults, the third on nutrition as we age, and the fourth on physical activity. The company will provide several tools to its healthcare clients to promote these concepts, including weekly booth displays for retail and visitor areas; materials for a food sampling booth; and games and a give-away program to promote hospital and visitor interaction.
In K-12 school districts, ACE, ARAMARK’s new nutrition mascot, will educate elementary students around the country about the benefits of eating nutritious meals and living a healthy lifestyle.