U.S. National Parks to Serve Healthy Food

The National Park Service has introduced new regulations requiring that food and beverage operations offer healthy options

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There is no reason that you should have to take a vacation from eating well when you visit a national park,” explained Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

According to The Washington Post, people will no longer need to sacrifice healthy eating for a trip to a national park. On June 5th, the National Park Service introduced some new regulations that will ultimately oblige all American parks to provide healthy food options.

“There is no reason that you should have to take a vacation from eating well when you visit a national park,” explained Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis at a signing that took place at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The new initiative, which will be implemented at more than 250 national park dining operations and serve roughly 23 million park-visitors annually will not veto foods like ice cream and hot dogs. However, they will instead require that fruits and vegetables be available with all entrees, include more low-fat and low-sodium options, and put an emphasis on local and sustainable products like certified seafood, hormone and antibiotic free meat, as well as coffee harvested in worker-friendly environments.

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