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Carnegie Mellon, Eat’n Park Team Up Against Obesity

With obesity rates on the rise, the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design's Fitwits project and Pittsburgh-based Eat'n Park Restaurants are joining forces to help fight the epidemic.Fitwits is a fun, hands-on program designed to inform kids and families about healthy eating and active living.

Consumers Are More Conscious of Portions

Portion control is a tenet of healthy eating, and it appears that consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of managing the portion size of the foods they eat, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.

Organic Winery Stays Sustainable, Cuts Costs

ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of high-efficiency stationary fuel cells, today announced that Stone Edge Farm, an organic farm and winery located in California’s Sonoma Valley, is leveraging the ClearEdge5 system to advance its energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

Dirty Restrooms Kill Repeat Business

A recent Cintas Corporation telephone survey conducted by Harris Interactive among more than 1,000 U.S. adults, ages 18 and older, revealed that 94 percent of U.S. adults would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.

Artists Take a Hand in CDC Exhibit

Georgia-Pacific Professional, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s David  J. Sencer Museum and the CDC Foundation, has selected six diversely talented artists to be featured in the upcoming exhibition, Watching Hands: Artists Respond to Keeping Well.

Full Serves Lead New Kids Meal Initiative

It wasn’t Bring Your Child to Work Day, but that’s certainly what it felt like at the launch of the National Restaurant Association’s new healthy kids menu initiative “Kids LiveWell” in Washington, D.

K-12 School Fitness, Nutrition Shape Up

Two healthy announcements came during America’s largest gathering of K-12 school foodservice directors at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center: Windsor Foods’ Fit Kids program and Red Gold’s launch of eight new tomato-based products.

Restaurants Should Be Cleaning Up Their Act

One quarter of diners would not complain to a manager if they felt the restaurant they were eating in was unhygienic. They would, however, feel free to pass their negative review on to others, either by word of mouth, or social media.

Customers Prefer Hearty to Healthy, Says Survey

US restaurant sales were hit hard by the recession, and not surprisingly, foodservice purveyors tried to maintain sales and attract customers by promoting value. However, noticeably absent from these value menus are healthy dishes with fresh vegetables, fruits, and other nutritious ingredients.

NRA Files Comments on FDA's Menu Labeling

The National Restaurant Association today is filing comments regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft menu labeling regulations. The Association was a primary advocate for the menu labeling law, passed in March 2010, which will require restaurant chains with 20 or more locations operating under the same brand to provide detailed nutrition information to consumers, and display calories on the menu, menuboard, or drive-thru menu.

Pass (On) The Salt

Lowered sodium restaurant meals are more than a trend. Many diners are now steering clear of salt for dietary and health reasons. And in return, restaurateurs are making low-sodium options a key part of their menu.

In California, Safe Food Handling is a Must

The July 1 California Food Handler Card law compliance deadline is nearing, as more than 900,000 affected foodservice workers seek foundational food safety training.The law, SB 602, was authored by Sen.

Diners Don't Want to Pay More for Healthy

The expanding waistlines of U.S. consumers have created a flurry of governmental and restaurant industry actions aimed at getting Americans to eat more healthfully. Consumers are slowly getting the hint, but they don’t want to pay more for healthier restaurant food, according to a recently-released report by The NPD Group, a leading market research company.

NRA Offers Support for MyPlate

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) applauded the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate, which is designed as a guide to help Americans make healthful food choices.“The National Restaurant Association applauds the work to create an icon that gives consumers a clearer idea of how to think of their everyday meal options.

Cintas, Diversey Team Up for Custom Cleaning Products

Cintas Corporation, the leader in specialized facility services, and Diversey, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation, and hygiene solutions, announced a strategic alliance to provide custom cleaning and hygiene products and services to Cintas customers.