American Heart Association Award
Aramark’s dedication to bettering the nutrition and lifestyle habits of consumers, communities and employees through its Healthy for Life initiative has been recognised with an American Heart Association “Award of Meritorious Achievement”.
The company has worked with the American Heart Association since 2015 on an innovative health impact initiative that empowers people from across the country to lead healthier lives. The Healthy for Life initiative includes community level nutrition education, menu innovation, consumer engagement and employee health and wellness education, and has made significant impact, including:
- Menus: A 20 per cent decrease in average calories, saturated fat and sodium and a nearly 20 percent increase in fruits, vegetables and whole grains across menu items served in workplaces, hospital cafes, and university dining halls. 34 per cent of main dishes on these menus are now vegetarian or vegan.
- Consumers: Healthy eating information shared with millions reached through health awareness activities, education, and marketing programs.
- Community: Nutrition education resources utilized by over 800 community-based organizations.
- Aramark Employees: A robust suite of award-winning employee health programs. More than two thirds of Aramark employees surveyed believe that “Aramark encourages me to make healthy choices and to lead a healthier life.”
Commenting at yesterday’s presentation ceremony, Aramark CEO, John Zillmer, said: “We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our efforts to improve the health of Americans through better nutrition and lifestyle.
“Through our work with the American Heart Association, we are continuing to break new ground, impact the food environment, engage consumers, support underserved communities, and improve the health and well-being of our employees, their families, and people in the communities where we live and work.”
Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO, added: “The American Heart Association is deeply committed to developing innovative solutions with industry leaders, like Aramark, to help all Americans live healthier lives. As part of this visionary collaboration, we have developed new ways to improve the nation’s health and will continue to do so in the years ahead.”
Aramark’s Healthy for Life commitment forms part of a wider Be Well. Do Well sustainability plan that is focused on positively impacting people and the planet.
The company’s “people” priority is to facilitate access to opportunities that will improve the well-being of the Company’s employees, consumers, communities, and people in its supply chain. Building on current work, the foodservices and facility services provider continues to help people develop careers and livelihoods; access, choose and prepare healthy food; and grow communities, businesses and local economies.
Aramark and the American Heart Association will continue to engage consumers by encouraging them to discover and choose healthy food, and the extensive community nutrition education resources already available will be further expanded to Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country. Additionally, Aramark will continue to build on its plant-forward menu and healthy menu innovation and its wellbeing solutions for its employees and their families.
To learn more about the Healthy for Life initiative, or to view the latest impact report, visit the Healthy for Life website.