In 2012, Tyson Foods introduced new school lunch items like unbreaded, whole muscle chicken pieces. The company completed the removal of trans fat from its school foodservice products in 2005 and over the past five years has achieved sodium reductions across a range of foods, including those destined for schools.
As part of today's announcement, Tyson Foods revealed the first recipient of an annual award from the company to a school striving to improve its health and nutrition programs. Tyson selected the Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, part of the New York City School District and a member of the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program, for its efforts to strengthen its nutrition and physical activity programs. The company has helped fund the purchase of new equipment for the school's wellness room, including air hockey and ping pong tables, stationary cycles, two televisions for exercise gaming systems, X-box 360 fitness bundle, and a variety of other equipment designed to keep the students moving. In addition, Tyson employees from the company's New Holland, Pennsylvania plant also helped with installing equipment.
Fighting Childhood Obesity
The effort to increase the availability of healthier school meals follows the success of similar industry agreements brokered by the Alliance. Voluntary agreements with the snack food and beverage industries initiated in 2006 have resulted in making healthier choices available to students in schools across the country—including a 90 percent decrease in total beverage calories shipped to schools between 2004 and 2010. Additionally, the Alliance has contracted with Keybridge Research, an independent organization that will evaluate the impact of the school meals agreements in a manner similar to its evaluation of the Alliance's beverage agreement.In addition to Tyson Foods, companies that have partnered with the Alliance to improve school meals include AdvancePierre Foods, Asian Food Solutions, Bake Crafters Food Company, ARYZTA, ConAgra Foods, Domino's Pizza, JTM Food Group, High Liner Foods, McCain Foods USA, Rich Products Corporation, Schwan's Food Service, Tasty Brands, Trident Seafoods, HPS, Premier healthcare alliance, Summa/Provista, Interflex, Horizon Software, NutriKids, Del Monte Foods, Dole Food Company, Inc., and the National Turkey Federation.