Eat’n Park launches community wellness plan

NOV. 18—Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, which owns Cura Hospitality and Parkhurst Dining Services, launched LifeSmiles, a program to invest in children’s health and wellness initiatives in the communities that the company serves. As part of the effort, Eat’n Park plans to invest $1 million and 20,000 volunteer hours to health and wellness initiatives during the next five years.

According to Brooks Broadhurst, senior vice president Food and Beverage for Eat’n Park, LifeSmiles is build on first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign. LifeSmiles goals are to empower parents and caregivers with choices, to provide healthier food in schools through education and partnerships, to provide access to healthy, affordable food in under-served communities, and to increase physical activity through community walks, runs and events.

As part of the program, Eat’n Park plans to seek out new partnerships that align with LifeSmiles’ goals. For example, Eat’n Park recently partnered with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank by donating $40,000 to help fund the Farm Stand Project, which served 113 Pittsburgh neighborhoods by providing fresh, local produce in areas where it has not typically been available.

“We’ve always been committed to health and wellness initiatives through the choices we offer our guests, as well as the events we support in the community,” Broadhurst said in a press release. “Coupled with our existing programs, the new investment in LifeSmiles will help us fulfill a critical need in the communities that we serve by giving families the resources and the knowledge they need to make healthier choices.”

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Two chefs at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., are trying to help solve the Mars food dilemma, myfoxspokane.com reports .

Just outside the school’s cafeteria, Executive Chef Timothy Grayson and his partner, Christine Logan-Travis, are trying their hand at growing tomatoes, oregano, basil and other plants in Martian Regolith Soil, the closest soil on Earth to that found on the fourth planet from the sun.

All of the plants in the Mars-inspired garden are intended for human consumption.

“It is a reality that at some point, if man goes to Mars, they will need to...

Industry News & Opinion

Access to fresh produce just got easier for students at the University of Virginia.

The Charlottesville, Va., university’s dining service has partnered with Greens to Grounds , a student-run nonprofit organization that delivers locally grown produce to students. Though students could previously purchase Greens to Grounds produce, they can now use a portion of their meal plans to do so, thecavalier.com reports .

Students can choose between a snack box or produce box, the ingredients in which usually require no cooking, and can place their orders online. The base boxes cost...

Industry News & Opinion

The Virginia Department of Health said it has traced a “cluster” of hepatitis A cases to frozen Egyptian strawberries used by Virginia units of a smoothie chain.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe voluntarily trashed the strawberries and switched to supplies from a different source immediately after being notified of the connection, the health department said in a statement issued Friday.

The department noted that it had traced earlier outbreaks of hepatitis A to strawberries imported from Egypt. But it warned that supplies may still be in the freezers of other foodservice operations...

Managing Your Business
business man smash computer

Foodservice directors spend a lot of time taking care of other people, whether it’s K-12 students who aren’t always eating enough at home, malnourished patients back for return visits or employees squabbling among themselves. That kind of pressure can weigh heavily—and come home from work. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America finds that 83% of men and 72% of women say stress at work carries over into their personal lives, and 50% call staff management their main culprit for workplace stress.

“Stress is very difficult in our world, and work-life balance is very much a...

FSD Resources