Sodexo Joins Partnership for a Healthier America in the Fight against Childhood Obesity

    Sodexo Joins Partnership for a Healthier America in the Fight against
                              Childhood Obesity

Sodexo announces new commitments aimed at making healthier choices easier for
its millions of customers during the 2014 Building a Healthier Future Summit
in Washington

PR Newswire

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 13, 2014

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing that millions of
children and families in the U.S. face long-term health and social challenges
as a result of childhood obesity, Sodexojoined the Partnership for a
Healthier America (PHA) today to announce new commitments to battle the
epidemic. In the lead announcement delivered at PHA's Building an Healthier
Future Summit this morning, Sodexo committed to engaging and motivating
consumers toward healthy choices by widely deploying Mindful, its healthy
dining program; expanding healthier food choices in hospitals; offering more
free breakfast meals in schools; and increasing the selection of healthier,
more nutritious options in its vending and K-12 lunchroom programs.

Sodexo President and CEO George Chavel joins Partnership for a Healthier
America Board Chair James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD to announce the company's new
commitments aimed at fighting childhood obesity at the 2014 Building a
Healthier Future Summit in Washington.

"Research shows how chronic illness impedes academic performance and
achievement in our children, but their wellness and opportunities for success
are not the only things that suffer," said George Chavel, president and CEO,
Sodexo. "It reduces our global competitiveness, it threatens our military
readiness and with a projected $6 trillion in health care costs to treat the
chronically ill, obesity is certainly no friend to our economy. Through our
work with PHA and our innovative wellness programs, we want to help make
healthy choices second nature."

Sodexo's reach and scale is likely one of the strongest weapons it brings to
the fight against childhood obesity and subsequent chronic illnesses. With
more than 125,000 employees in over 9,000 client locations in North America,
the company has an enormous opportunity to positively impact the health and
well-being of children, as well as their adult role models. Those role models
are critical in shaping the behavior of our children and it is not possible to
effectively address childhood obesity without them. Sodexo in North America
reaches 15 million consumers each day, including the service of more than 2
million nutritious school meals daily.

PHA works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle
Obama to garner meaningful commitments to help end the childhood obesity
crisis. Its more than 60 partners work to make healthier choices more
accessible and affordable for busy parents and families.

"Sodexo's commitment is an example of how one company can have widespread
impact on the food system, from school food to vending machines, businesses,
hospitals and hotels," said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. "PHA strives to make
the healthier choice the easy choice for every parent and family throughout
their day, and Sodexo's commitment today brings us another step closer to
doing just that."

Sodexo's PHA Commitment includes six specific actions:

  oImplement a healthy dining program in 95 percent of food service accounts
    in key markets by 2017. The Mindful Healthy Dining Program, which offers a
    variety of foods that balance nutrition with enticing flavors, will be put
    in place in Sodexo's foodservice accounts that serve the patrons of cafes
    in industry, government and campus settings.
  oProvide at least 30 percent healthier options in 45 percent of vending
    accounts by 2018.
  oImplement a smarter lunchroom program in 90 percent of K-12 accounts by
    2016. Sodexo will use research-based principles recommended in the Smarter
    Lunchroom Movement- developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral
    Economics in Child Nutrition Programs- to equip primary and secondary
    school lunchrooms with tools to improve the eating behaviors of children.
  oServe an additional 17 million free breakfast meals in schools by 2018 in
    its primary and secondary school accounts.
  oImplement a healthier children's meal- default fruit or vegetable side
    and default water or low-fat milk beverage- in 40 percent of food service
    accounts at cultural destinations by 2015. These locations include places
    like aquariums, museums, ballparks and other recreational venues where
    Sodexo manages food service.
  oImplement the PHA Hospital Healthy Food Initiative in 20 percent of
    accounts by 2018.

For more information about Sodexo's commitment to health and wellness visit You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter @sodexoUSA.

About Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Life services company in
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate,
Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as
Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc.,
headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the
Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable
organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million
in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

About The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)
The Partnership for a Healthier America  is devoted to working with the
private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the
childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but
independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! effort. PHA is a
nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation's most
respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public,
private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop
strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that
commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties
to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For
more information about PHA, please visit and follow
PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

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Contact: Sam Wells, Sodexo, Inc., Tel. 301 987 4893,;
Elly Spinweber, Partnership for a Healthier America, (202) 643-3841,
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