Morrison Becomes First Healthcare Food Service Contract Company To Join The Partnership For A Healthier America

 Morrison Becomes First Healthcare Food Service Contract Company To Join The
                     Partnership For A Healthier America

Could Impact More Than 500 Million Hospital Meals Annually

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, March 7, 2013

ATLANTA, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Atlanta-based Morrison today announced
it has become the first healthcare food service contract company to commit to
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its Hospital Healthy Food
Initiative. Morrison's commitment along with that of its clients could impact
41 million patients served annually and 403 million guest meals sold in cafes,
vending areas and kiosks annually.

"This commitment is an extension of our already well-established wellness
platform initiatives and programs, which align with PHA goals and the mission
of their organization," said Tim Pierce, CEO, Morrison. "We've been at the
forefront of the industry on health and wellness for more than two decades.
The PHA partnership is an extension of our philosophy of offering wholesome,
nutritious, and better-for-you foods and will allow us to make healthful
choices easy and even more accessible to millions of patients, staff and
visitors."

The PHA Hospital Healthy Food Initiative seeks to move healthcare institutions
toward delivering nutritious options to meet the needs of the children,
families and communities they serve. In joining the initiative, Morrison
agrees to make a commitment to adopt standards for nutrition labeling, healthy
food marketing, wellness meal offerings, elimination of deep fat fryers,
increases in healthy beverages and increases in fruits and vegetables offered.

"Morrison's commitment not only brings more healthy options to patients, staff
and the families and friends of those they care for; it also reaches beyond
the walls of the hospitals to impact the entire food system," said PHA CEO
Lawrence A. Soler. "Today's announcement will dramatically increase the number
of hospitals that are part of PHA's Hospital Healthy Food Initiative, the
single most expansive effort in hospital food and nutrition in the industry.
We are thrilled that Morrison is joining the fight to increase access to
healthier options, so that people who want to can make the healthier choice."

Using the latest research on healthful eating and incorporating techniques
that influence behavioral change in food consumption, Morrison will improve
the health profile of the hospitals it serves by implementing such changes as:

  oeliminating 5.7 million pounds of sugar from bottled beverages
  oswitching to exclusive use of whole grain or legume-based pasta in the
    3.7 million pounds of pasta served each year
  ooffering whole grains as an alternative to the 1.9 million pounds of rice
    served annually
  ooffering better-for-you foods in place of high impulse low-nutrient food
    at cash registers
  oreducing fat calories by using healthier, misted oils exclusively in
    appropriate applications
  oand featuring images of healthy nutrient-rich food in regular marketing
    promotions

"We believe we have a responsibility to help change people's lives through
healthier food environments," Pierce said. "By joining with PHA, we can help
hospitals in their mission of becoming models of healthful eating and
implementing practices that support a more robust and healthier food system.
We want to support healthcare institutions as they encourage behavioral change
in the hospital environment and the community."

In 2010 Morrison became the first national 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 routine
use of antibiotics as well as working directly with suppliers to eliminate
added trans fats and to reduce sodium in food processing.

About Morrison Healthcare
Morrison Healthcare, 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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