Easy as ABC: Aramark launches healthy eating initiative

Aisling O'Kennedy, Aramark and Saoirse Webster, aged 5, at the new Aramark garden at O'Toole's GAA Club in Dublin

Dozens of Aramark experts have launched a new healthy eating initiative by building a vegetable garden to help inspire local families to make healthier food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

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24 September 2019 | 0

As part of its ongoing commitment to health and wellness, more than 50 Aramark chefs, dietitians and other employees gathered at O’Toole’s GAA club, on the north side of Dublin this week, to build a vegetable garden. The objective is to help inspire local families to make healthier food, nutrition and lifestyle choices.

According to Shane Flynn, Aramark’s managing director for food services and facilities management, the objective is to do more than just cultivate green fingers.

“This is a great way to help young children understand where their food comes from and gain life skills in gardening and cooking at an early age,” said Flynn, “all while fostering an interest in healthy eating and reinforcing better eating habits.”

Nutrition and gardening as a perfect combination to promote good health is the key element of the Aramark gardening initiative. “Children are naturally curious,” said Flynn, “so it’s really just about peaking that interest. Through the garden, kids will gain an appreciation for the origin of their food, and by actively participating in planting and caring for vegetables, they are learning how to grow their own food; how to prepare their own food; and how to have fun doing both.”

The annual Aramark Building Community (ABC) Day is part of the company’s year-round mission of enriching and nourishing lives. The new garden is a  maninfestation of that,  and now aims to empower local families to lead healthier lives and success in the same mission.



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