We're very excited to announce that we've officially teamed up with Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), led by honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama, to move one step closer in solving the nation's childhood obesity crisis.
This announcement was made today at PHA's inaugural "Building a Healthier Future Summit" where we pledged to improve the nutritional profile of our food menus, including children's menus, at all Hyatt hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
All menus will be enhanced following the most recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate federal guidance, which targets children's menus. All menus will include the following:
Children's Menus: Changes starting now and to be fully implemented by the end of November 2012
- Offer a fruit or vegetable as the default side item with all children's meals
- Make 8 oz. servings of nonfat or low-fat milk available with free refills. Promote milk or water prominently on the menu
- Offer at least one children's menu meal option that meets the MyPlate federal guidance: one to two servings of fruit and vegetables, a whole grain serving, a lean protein serving, and a low fat dairy (or dairy substitute) serving, which together have a nutrient composition equal to or less than 600 calories, 30 percent of total calories from fat, 10 percent total calories from saturated fat, 600 mg of sodium, and no more than 10 grams added sugar. Position and feature that meal as the first on the children's menus
- Ensure any food illustrations on children's menus depict nutritious options, including milk or water as the beverage of choice if beverages are depicted
- By 2016, reduce the calorie footprint by at least 10 percent across all food menus, with an endeavor to have at least 50 percent of U.S. Hyatt properties meeting this standard within three years
- By 2016, reduce the sodium content of its food by at least 10 percent across all food menus, with an endeavor to have at least 50 percent of U.S. Hyatt properties meeting this standard within three years
- By 2016, reduce the added sugar content of food by at least 10 percent across all food menus, with an endeavor to have at least 50 percent of U.S. Hyatt properties meeting this standard by within three years
- At least two healthy menu meal options will be equivalent to or lower in price than less healthy menu meal options. This pricing parity will appear on all menus by 2016, with an endeavor to have at least 50 percent of menus reflecting this change within three years
In addition to the menu enhancements above, we've already made significant changes to menus in the U.S. and Canada, including the use of cage-free eggs, as well as sourcing beef from Meyer Farm, which is known for raising cattle humanely and naturally.
All changes will be implemented at all Hyatt managed restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on menus for room service, catering, bars, lounges, and pools.
Make sure to stay tuned as we continue to share exciting details surrounding this new partnership!