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Alliance for a Healthier Generation Applauds Sodexo for Their Pledge to Fight Childhood Obesity
Date:5/28/2009

Sodexo is first food service company to sign on to Alliance's Guidelines

GAITHERSBURG, Md. and New York, May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sodexo, a leading food and facilities management services company and a leader in student nutrition, today is the first food service provider to sign on to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, seeks to significantly reduce childhood obesity in the United States by 2015.

"Signing agreements with industry leaders is a critical piece of our plan to combat childhood obesity, a problem that affects one in three kids and teens in the U.S.," said former President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, who co-leads the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. "If we are going to create a healthier environment for today's youth, we need industry leaders like Sodexo to make commitments to provide access to healthier food options at school. In addition to our agreements with more than 35 companies in the food and beverage industries, we are pleased to welcome Sodexo as the first food service management company to sign the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines."

The science-based School Beverage and Competitive Food Guidelines - established in 2006 by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - were created to improve the nutritional quality of school snack foods and beverages, allowing more nutritious and less caloric options during the school day.

The agreement focuses on products sold to schoolchildren outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meal program on an a la carte basis--inclusive of products in the cafeteria, school store, snack carts, and vending machines in more than 470 U.S. school district
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