“Employee health and productivity are inextricably linked, and offering an integrated wellness program with healthy and delicious food both helps employees live healthier lives and helps employers lower their health insurance costs."
Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 09, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Corporate America Begins to Eat REAL
With the rising cost of healthcare, some companies have begun to increase their commitment to healthy eating and sustainability by having their onsite dining facilities REAL Certified®. These companies are going above and beyond the standard fare of cheeseburgers and pizza, offering their employees a wide variety of options prepared fresh each day.
Some of the companies that recently received REAL Certification include The Wonderful Company, Eaton, Western Asset Management Co., Guess?, Sherwin Williams and SABRE.
Developed by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC), REAL is the trusted, nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators committed to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship. Modeled after the LEED® green building standard, USHFC’s third-party registered dietitians (RDs) utilize the points-based REAL Index to audit restaurants, cafeterias and corporate cafes across a range of criteria such as the utilization of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthful preparation methods, moderate portion sizes, behavioral components that encourage “better for you choices,” and sustainable practices for food sourcing.
The certifications were conducted in cooperation with Guckenheimer, a national food service management company founded by two healthcare professionals, used by these companies for their onsite dining.
“Employee health and productivity are inextricably linked, and offering an integrated wellness program with healthy and delicious food both helps employees live healthier lives and helps employers lower their health insurance costs,” said Guckenheimer CEO Randall Boyd. “Guckenheimer’s core offering aligns with USHFC’s objectives and we are proud to have so many of our clients join in this effort to promote healthier eating.”
About the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) - Established in 2011, the USHFC is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to transforming America’s food system and fighting diet-related disease by realigning the food industry’s incentives with consumers’ health interests. The USHFC works towards its mission through the REAL Certified holistic nutrition and sustainability certification program. REAL Certified foodservice operators must satisfy prerequisites and earn sufficient points in the areas of Responsible (nutrition), Epicurean (preparation), Agricultural (sourcing) and Leadership (going above and beyond). The organization has certified restaurants, corporate cafes and college dining services in 28 states, with financial support from the Tennessee Department of Health, the Park Foundation, the Mary Black Foundation, the Campbell Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. More information can be found at USHFC.org and REALCertified.org.
About Guckenheimer - Guckenheimer is an award-winning corporate food service company with more than 400 accounts across 34 states. Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by two healthcare professionals, Guckenheimer is a leading nutritional partner for workplace wellness. A chef-centric organization which believes food must taste GREAT, regardless of nutritional content, Guckenheimer begins with the freshest ingredients and emphasizes “from scratch” preparation, offers evolved employee health and wellness programs led by registered dieticians, and can provide wellness tracking to monitor the impact of its wellness programs. Visit http://www.guckenheimer.com
Media contact: Eleni Papadopoulos, 704-281-8484, eleni(at)ushfc(dot)org