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NewsBites September 2013 Issue

National Parks’ Menus Get Healthier

If you visited any of America’s national parks on vacation this summer, you may have noticed some healthy new food options that are as attractive as the vistas. Under a new Healthy and Sustainable Food Program, the National Park Service has added fish ta-cos, lentil soup and local farm produce to the hot dogs and ice cream on its menus nation-wide. Each year the national parks feed some 23 million visitors. Says Jonathan Jarvis, NPS director, “There’s no reason you should have to take a vacation from healthy eating when you’re on vacation.” Other added options include bison hot dogs, black-bean sliders, grass-fed beef and fresh tomato soup. The Statue of Liberty, which reopened on July 4 after cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy, now serves 15 meals under 550 calories, including turkey and veggie burgers.

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