Food Guidelines Support Administration’s Health and Wellness Goal

By MaryAnne Beatty
General Services Administration

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2011 — GSA and the Department of Health and Human Services have released new health and sustainability guidelines for federal concessions and vending operations.

The release announcement came during a celebration of the grand opening of HHS’ Humphrey Café on March 24.

These new guidelines are an important step for GSA and HHS to support the administration’s overall goal to improve the health and wellness of all Americans as we look forward to making that goal a reality.

These new guidelines translate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into clear and definite standards that food-service operators can follow to make their operations healthier and more sustainable. This includes providing healthier choices such as seasonal vegetables and fruits; increasing choice, and enabling sustainable practices to offer foods that are organically grown and using compostable and bio based plates, bowls, and utensils.

To learn more, read GSA Administrator Martha Johnson and HHS Secretary Sebelius’ blog post on first lady Michelle Obama’s "Let's Move" website at

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