Aramark K-12 Education's commitment to nutrition and wellness education is a cornerstone of our K-12 Food Service Program.
The elements of our unique Wellness portfolio work together seamlessly, so your students are excited to participate in the school's meal program; make smart, nutritious food choices; and adopt a healthy lifestyle, including more physical activity. At Aramark, we feel this will translate into improved student performance and a better quality of life as well as a diminished national healthcare burden.
Healthy for Life™ Student Educational Resources
The Aramark K-12 Education Healthy for Life™ comprehensive Nutrition and Wellness education program is designed to help improve the health and academic achievement of our nation's school children.
Elementary Nutrition and Wellness Education
Because the path to a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition starts at an early age, Aramark K-12 Education offers the comprehensive ACE & Friends Nutrition Mascot Program, designed to appeal exclusively to elementary students' desire to make learning fun.
Components of our Elementary Nutrition and Wellness Education include:
- ACE Monthly Program
Every month during a designated ACE week, students receive a safety-tested fun gift and a nutrition lesson from ACE: a cartoon mascot who emphasizes the importance of healthy eating and exercise.
- ACE Live
The ACE Live Show gives students the opportunity to meet ACE in person, utilizing an engaging creative script.
- ACE Fan Club
Since many younger students are now connected to the Internet, we've given ACE his very own Fan Club website at www.acefanclub.com.
- ACE's Gardens
This school gardening program combines real-life gardening skills with in-classroom teaching curricula and school cafeteria tasting events in which children can sample what they have gardened.
- ACE's Lunch Specials
ACE's lunch specials are designed to complement the core menu with new and exciting food specials so that children can try new, nutritious menu items. This also enables our culinary team to test and receive feedback on new chef creations.
- Fruit & Veggie of the Month
This communication series highlights "in-season" fruits and vegetables with interesting factoids, enticing students to sample them.
- Wellness Lesson of the Month
These monthly posters leverage the tenets of My Pyramid Challenge to convey important nutrition and wellness messages in ways students can relate to.
Secondary Nutrition and Wellness Education
To continue nutrition and wellness education and awareness as students move into middle and high school, we employ a variety of communication strategies, targeted specifically toward older students.
Components of our Secondary Nutrition and Wellness Education include:
- Healthy for Life™ Brochures
These age-appropriate brochures provide topical, easy-to-read information for middle and high school students on various health issues, such as My Pyramid Challenge, What is a Healthy Diet? and Understanding Serving Sizes.
- Wellness Poster Series
With eye-catching graphics, these posters deliver key nutritional messaging for both breakfast and lunch, either in the cafeteria or classroom setting.
- HEALTH-FINDER Nutrition Signage and Menu Icons
This middle and high-school menu communication program consists of icons, posters, and other materials that empower students to make good food choices.
- FUEL Wellness Food Specials
The FUEL Program provides monthly, on-trend food specials designed to generate excitement about good nutrition and in-school dining by featuring new signature menu items.
- Monthly Nutrition Education Materials
Promoting Fruit & Veggie and Wellness lessons of the month similar to the elementary materials, with graphics and messaging that resonates with older children.
Healthy for Life™ Adult Educational Resources
Our goal is to successfully engage not just your students, but the entire district community including teachers, administration, parents, and other community members in an effort to enhance overall nutrition and wellness.
- Parent Education Brochure
Provides comprehensive information about Aramark's Healthy for Life program
- Adult Quarterly Review
Delivers relevant nutrition news and helpful tips to parents
- Nutrition News Fact Sheet
Features fad-free facts, insights, and health information
- Parents Ask the Dietitian FAQs
A series of Frequently Asked Questions with consumer-friendly suggestions from Aramark's nutrition and wellness experts
- Wellness Education Center
For display in your school's entry areas, principals' offices, or at other high-traffic locations to provide convenient, readily available nutrition and wellness communications.