ARAMARK Takes “MyPlate” to Customers, Clients, Communities
The theme for National Nutrition Month 2012 focuses on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently introduced MyPlate program, which replaced the decades-old food pyramid. “Get Your Plate In Shape” encourages people to learn about and implement the MyPlate guidelines – a diet that includes more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins and low-fat dairy.
To help raise awareness and educate our customers, clients and communities, ARAMARK now offers new education and information materials about MyPlate in addition to special programs to promote healthy food choices. The Just4U “MyPlate for Better Health” series, includes brochures, a Nutrition News You Can Use fact sheet, a spring informational newsletter, and a detailed dietitian Q & A.
About National Nutrition Month
National Nutrition Month began in 1973 as National Nutrition Week, and became a month-long observance in 1980, in response to growing public interest in nutrition. It is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly known as the American Dietetic Association), and includes Registered Dietitian Day on March 14, when dietitians are acknowledged for their commitment to helping people live healthy lives. One of America's largest employers of dietitians, ARAMARK is the only professional services company to be an AND Partner.
“We have a responsibility -- and the expertise -- to educate, enable and encourage our clients, customers and communities to adopt healthier eating practices and more active lifestyles to help in the fight against obesity and other diseases,” said Dan Wainfan, Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness. “National Nutrition Month provides us with an opportunity to showcase our health and wellness programs, engage people in nutrition information and make a real impact in their lives. We also recognize our 750-plus dietitians, the food and nutrition experts who translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.”
ARAMARK is also launching its “Growing Up Healthy” program during March 2012 to engage young people in the components of MyPlate.