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Morrison Announces National Implementation Of Its Wellness Platform

     Morrison Announces National Implementation Of Its Wellness Platform

Will Impact up to 300 million Hospital Meals Annually

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2012

ATLANTA, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Atlanta-based Morrison announced today
it has become the industry's first healthcare food service company to commit
to implementation of its comprehensive wellness platform across all of its
healthcare business. The move is designed to make healthcare institutions
models of healthful eating and to encourage behavioral change in the hospital
environment and beyond. Serving approximately 550 hospitals and integrated
healthcare systems across the country, Morrison's commitment along with that
of its clients will make hospital food healthier than it has ever been –
impacting up to 300 million hospital meals annually.

As part of this broad platform which includes everything from supply chain
changes to environmental commitments, Morrison is implementing firm standards
for  healthy food marketing, wellness meal offerings, nutrition labeling, food
preparation, healthy beverage offerings and amounts of fruits and vegetables
offered. "This is a massive undertaking," says Peggy O'Neill, vice president
nutrition and wellness, "and while much of it is in the works already, full
implementation will be completed by mid-2014."

Morrison has been at the forefront of the industry on health and wellness for
more than two decades with a wellness philosophy of offering wholesome,
nutritious, and flavorful meals to the nation's hospitals and healthcare
institutions. "Rising healthcare costs and lost productivity within the
healthcare setting and community are driving the demand for prevention-based
programs," explained Tim Pierce, president, Morrison. "By implementing these
changes nationally, we are making healthful choices easy and accessible to
millions of patients, staff and visitors."

Morrison has recently released and is in the process of implementing its new
menu which includes a 44% reduction of sodium and a 33% reduction in calories
from traditional fare. Using the latest research on healthful eating and
incorporating techniques that influence behavioral change in food consumption,
Morrison will:

  ooffer better-for-you foods at cash registers in place of high impulse
    low-nutrient food
  oeliminate 5.7 million pounds of sugar from bottled beverages
  oswitch to exclusive use of whole grain or legume based pasta in the 3.7
    million pounds of pasta it serves each year
  ooffer whole grains as an alternative to the 1.9 million pounds of rice
    served annually
  ouse misted olive oils exclusively in appropriate applications
  ofeature images of healthy nutrient-rich food in its regular marketing
    promotions

In addition, Morrison will enhance the wellness environment through
in-hospital events such as cooking demonstrations, seasonal tables, and
on-site Farmer's Markets as well as community events such as community cooking
demonstrations, healthy eating DVDs, a community website, wellness teaching
kitchens, and wellness summits.

"Our goal is to continue to bring unique solutions to help hospitals meet the
nation's healthcare challenges," said Pierce. "As the first to implement such
a comprehensive wellness platform, we will once again lead the industry in a
cultural change that will make healthful choices the standard in our country's
healthcare institutions."

In 2010 Morrison became the firstnational contractor to sign the Healthy Food
in Healthcare Pledge from Healthcare Without Harm. Morrison has also
implemented the purchase of rBGH free dairy products, meat without the
prophylactic use of hormones as well as working directly with suppliers to
eliminate added trans fats and to reduce sodium in food processing.

About Morrison
Morrison, a member of Compass Group, is the nation's only food service company
exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and dining services to the
healthcare industry. With more than 1,300 registered dietitians, 450 executive
chefs and 19,000 professional food service team members, Morrison is actively
committed to fostering ways to enjoy great-tasting, healthy food through
socially responsible practices and superior customer service. The
Atlanta-based company serves approximately 550 hospitals and integrated
healthcare systems in the United States. Visit www.IamMorrison.com for more
information.

Media Contact:
Alla Umanskiy
Communications Manager
Morrison Management Specialists
404-845-3326
allaumanskiy@iammorrison.com



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