PHOENIX, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, a leading concessioner at national and state parks, is a proud partner of the National Park Service's Healthy and Sustainable Food Program announced June 5 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
ARAMARK executives joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Let's Move! Executive Director and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass to announce the new healthy and sustainable program, a key pillar of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative that will create additional food and beverage options at National Park Service restaurants, snack bars and stores operating in 75 national parks.
"We are honored to be working with the National Park Service on the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative and look forward to using the program as a catalyst to further educate visitors about the importance of healthy eating, while continuing to provide the highest quality food in parks," said Bruce W. Fears, president of ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. "As a longtime concessioner of the National Park Service, we are passionate about preserving the environment and developing interpretive programs that enrich the lives of our guests and promote a healthy lifestyle."
As part of its commitment to the new National Park Service standards and guidelines, ARAMARK will continue to increase healthy offerings on menus at national parks and recreational areas where it operates, such as Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Olympic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area and Mesa Verde National Park.
"The National Park Service Healthy and Sustainable Food Program is a nice complement to our existing efforts to create exciting, new options that are both nutritious and appetizing," said Brian Stapleton, vice president of food and beverage for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations. "The event allowed us to demonstrate the ease of simplifying dishes to showcase healthier ingredients and natural flavors."
Items served at the event, such as seafood tacos, chicken salad and strawberries and cream, were representative of dishes that will be featured on ARAMARK menus and featured sustainable and locally produced and sourced ingredients.
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