Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Tyson Foods Team Up to Improve
Nutrition of School Meals for Millions of American Students
Company Supports Improvements in New York City High School's Wellness Efforts
BROOKLYN, N.Y., April 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tyson Foods, Inc.
(NYSE:TSN), one of the nation's leading suppliers of meat and poultry to
schools, is teaming up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in the
fight against childhood obesity.
Tyson and the Alliance will work together to continue increasing the
availability and affordability of more nutritious food products to help
schools comply with federal nutrition standards and serve healthier meals to
millions of students in the United States.
The announcement was made at a Brooklyn, New York high school where Tyson
Foods has funded improvements in the school's student wellness room.
By working with the Alliance, Tyson Foods joins other leading school meal
manufacturers pledging to set prices for healthier items – which meet the
Alliance's science-based standards for nutrition – at a cost no more than 10
percent higher than traditional, comparable products. This makes compliance
with federal and voluntary nutrition guidelines financially easier. Similar to
the other participating manufacturers, Tyson has also committed to increase
sales of its compliant products to at least 50 percent of the company's entire
school sales within five years.
Manufacturers also have committed to aggressively promote products that align
with the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program nutrition standards and equip
their sales force with the knowledge and resources to educate food service
professionals about their collaboration with the Alliance.
"Our children consume up to one third of their calories while at school," said
President Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation. "I applaud Tyson
Foods, as one of our country's largest suppliers of school food products, for
seizing an opportunity to improve the nutrition and well-being of more than 30
million school children nationwide."
"We respect the work of the Alliance and are proud to be a partner in the
effort to reduce childhood obesity," said Donnie Smith, president and CEO of
Tyson Foods. "As a supplier to the National School Lunch Program, we have
extensive experience creating foods that not only contribute to a healthy
lifestyle but also appeal to some of the most demanding consumers around –
The collaboration between Tyson and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
builds on the two-year old ground-breaking school meals industry agreement the
Alliance, founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation,
has in place with 16 leading school meal manufacturers, group purchasing
organizations, and technology companies. The new commitment from Tyson comes
just in time as school food service professionals around the country will
begin contracting processes for the coming year.
"School food manufacturers are integral to providing our children with
healthier meals," said Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, Alliance for a Healthier
Generation. "When companies like Tyson Foods guarantee that their prepared
foods meet substantive nutrition standards and are easily accessible to food
service directors, they ensure that all schools, even those that might lack
scratch cooking facilities, can serve healthy breakfasts and lunches to their
Product commitments, such as Tyson's, fall in at least one of the following
categories within the Alliance's science-based guidelines for school foods:
*Lean protein products, such as lean red meat, skinless poultry, lean deli
meats, fat-free or low-fat cheese, beans, and tofu
*Low-fat lunch entrées with reduced total fat, saturated fat and sodium
*Whole-grain products, such as bread, pasta and pizza crust
*Fresh, canned or frozen fruit
*Zero trans fat cooking oils
Tyson employs a nutrition team that includes registered dietitians and has a
Kid Tested, Kid Approved™ program to develop student-endorsed foods school
foodservice operators can feel confident serving.
"We work closely with school foodservice operators to produce healthy,
nutritious food options," said Michael Turley, vice president and general
manager of Tyson Foods' government sales business. "Almost all of our current
school lunch offerings, which include whole grain and grilled items, meet the
new government standards for calories and lower sodium. We also meet many of
the Alliance's nutrition standards."
In 2012, Tyson Foods introduced new school lunch items like unbreaded, whole
muscle chicken pieces. The company completed the removal of trans fat from its
school foodservice products in 2005 and over the past five years has achieved
sodium reductions across a range of foods, including those destined for
As part of today's announcement, Tyson Foods revealed the first recipient of
an annual award from the company to a school striving to improve its health
and nutrition programs.Tyson selected the Edward R. Murrow High School in
Brooklyn, part of the New York City School District and a member of the
Alliance's Healthy Schools Program, for its efforts to strengthen its
nutrition and physical activity programs.The company has helped fund the
purchase of new equipment for the school's wellness room, including air hockey
and ping pong tables, stationary cycles, two televisions for exercise gaming
systems, X-box 360 fitness bundle, and a variety of other equipment designed
to keep the students moving.In addition, Tyson employees from the company's
New Holland, Pennsylvania plant also helped with installing equipment.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
The effort to increase the availability of healthier school meals follows the
success of similar industry agreements brokered by the Alliance. Voluntary
agreements with the snack food and beverage industries initiated in 2006 have
resulted in making healthier choices available to students in schools across
the country—including a 90 percent decrease in total beverage calories shipped
to schools between 2004 and 2010. Additionally, the Alliance has contracted
with Keybridge Research, an independent organization that will evaluate the
impact of the school meals agreements in a manner similar to its evaluation of
the Alliance's beverage agreement.
In addition to Tyson Foods, companies that have partnered with the Alliance to
improve school meals include AdvancePierre Foods, Asian Food Solutions, Bake
Crafters Food Company, ARYZTA, ConAgra Foods, Domino's Pizza, JTM Food Group,
High Liner Foods, McCain Foods USA, Rich Products Corporation, Schwan's Food
Service, Tasty Brands, Trident Seafoods, HPS, Premier healthcare alliance,
Summa/Provista, Interflex, Horizon Software, NutriKids, Del Monte Foods, Dole
Food Company, Inc., and the National Turkey Federation.
Parents, school administrators and food service directors can help the
Alliance fight childhood obesity and bring healthier meals to schools across
the country by joining the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Healthy
Schools Program online at http://www.healthiergeneration.org. There is no cost
to join the Healthy Schools Program, and members have access to hundreds of
resources, including a variety of no-cost technical tools that enable anyone
who makes purchasing decisions about school meals to implement and promote
healthier options for students.
About Tyson Foods:
Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale,
Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken,
beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500
and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of
protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader
in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and
services to customers throughout the United States and more than 130
countries. The company has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more
than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.
Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson
strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value
for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to
be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of
the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
The Tyson Foods, Inc. logo is available at
About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart
Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of
childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The
Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare
professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead
to healthier children. To learn more and join the movement, visit
CONTACT: Alliance for a Healthier Generation
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