The American Heart Association and Aramark Announce Significant Progress against Goal to Improve Health of Americans by 2020

The American Heart Association and Aramark Announce Significant Progress against Goal to Improve Health of Americans by 2020Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Year One Report: Calories, sodium and sat fats down 8 percent, fruits, veggies and whole grains up

Dallas, TX, November 17, 2016 – The first-year report released by Aramark and the American Heart Association (AHA) on their goal to improve the health of Americans by 2020 shows significant progress by Aramark achieving an 8 percent reduction in calories, sodium and saturated fats, and increasing fruits, vegetables and whole grains across the menus it serves in colleges and universities, hospital cafes and workplace locations. Over 30 percent of main dishes served on these menus are now vegetarian or vegan, and more than 10 percent have whole grains as a leading ingredient. In addition, results of a pilot effort to change behaviors around food and nutrition in underserved communities found participants in the program significantly increased fruit and vegetable consumption by almost a full cup per day. These gains represent major progress when nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, and 72 percent have a poor diet.

“The American Heart Association is grateful for Aramark’s continued commitment to improving the health of all Americans and we’re delighted with the progress we have collectively made in the past year,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “This proves that our work is truly advancing the health of Americans and we look forward to continuing this great work in the coming years.”

Healthy for Life® 20 By 20, a five-year initiative launched in 2015, aims to improve the health of consumers across the country by 20 percent by the year 2020. It includes healthy menu commitments impacting the more than 2 billion meals Aramark serves annually, and also focuses on community health engagement as well as consumer and employee health awareness and education.

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