WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2011) – The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation’s childhood obesity crisis, announced today at its inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit that it has partnered with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, a leading global hospitality brand, to improve the nutritional profile of food menus at full-service managed Hyatt properties across the country.
Menus at all Hyatt hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada will be enhanced following the most recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate federal guidance, which targets children’s menus. In the next year, Hyatt will implement adjustments to its children’s menus, such as offering fruits or vegetables as the default side item and making nonfat or low-fat milk available with free refills. The new children’s meals will meet MyPlate standards and will ensure that food illustrations on all menus depict healthier options.
In addition to Hyatt’s healthier approach toward children’s menus, the company is also committed to helping travelers stay healthy by making improvements to its full service restaurant menus and catering menus, with a significant emphasis on reducing calories, sugar and sodium content.
“Hyatt sets a new standard for leadership in the hospitality industry,” said Lawrence A. Soler, Chief Executive Officer of Partnership for a Healthier America. “In the last decade, Americans have spent about half of their families’ total food budgets, and consumed nearly a third of all their calories away from home. Making healthier options available wherever families are eating is critical in the fight against childhood obesity. Hyatt’s ability to impact nearly three million meals annually is a strong addition to PHA’s efforts to end childhood obesity.”
“We are honored and humbled to be recognized for our efforts to create healthier options for children at our hotels across the country,” said Chuck Floyd, Chief Operating Officer, North America, for Hyatt. “We frequently hear from our guests that it’s quite difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. We are committed to changing that, and by working with PHA, it gives us the momentum we need and moves us another step closer toward making a positive impact on the guests that we serve every day.”
Hyatt’s commitment to health and wellness is part of Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, which is creating programs that enhance the health and wellness of associates, neighbors and guests. These efforts range from promoting active lifestyles in the hotels to supporting programs that empower the people in Hyatt’s communities to live more healthy lives. Through Hyatt Thrive, the company’s operating philosophy focuses on delivering more healthful food and beverage choices, using fresh ingredients, and serving authentic dishes that are reflective of the local community and culinary heritage surrounding each hotel.
Hyatt has already made significant changes to its menus in U.S. and Canada, including the use of cage-free eggs in all restaurant and room service menu items, as well as sourcing beef from Meyer Farm, which is known for raising their cattle humanely and naturally.
Changes to menus will be implemented at all restaurants managed by Hyatt in the U.S. and Canada as well as on menus for room service, catering, bars, lounges and pools.
Menu changes will include the following:
Children’s Menus – changes starting now and to be fully implemented by the end of November 2012
Every company that works with PHA is required to agree that PHA will monitor and report on progress toward their commitment. Hyatt has agreed to allow PHA to provide annual progress reports and to facilitate the measuring and monitoring of each established benchmark regarding its commitment.
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation's most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.
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