Jarvis: National Parks to Offer Healthier Foods
Visitors to the national parks this summer will not only get a taste of nature, they'll get a taste of healthier fare at the parks' restaurants, snack bars and stores.
Today (June 5) the National Park Service is announcing a new nationwide plan — the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program — to make certain all its parks offer healthy food and beverage choices, USA Today reported.
Some of the options: lentil soup, bison hot dogs, grass-fed beef, black-bean sliders, fish tacos, fresh tomato soup and produce from local farms. About 23 million people buy meals in national parks each year.
"There's no reason you should have to take a vacation from healthy eating when you're on vacation," says Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. The prices of the foods at parks are set so they "are affordable to all Americans," he says.
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