News Article - December 18 2006

Healthy Food Choices On the Menu at PHL
  PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Patrons of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) restaurants can choose at least one healthy option – a low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée – at 86% of 37 Airport eateries, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in its 2006 survey of 13 of the nation’s busiest airports. This was the first year PHL was included in the PCRM airport food survey, which has been conducted since 2001. The PCRM is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine and good nutrition.

  “Healthy eating can be especially important to frequent travelers,” said Charles J. Isdell, the City’s Director of Aviation. “I am pleased that PHL’s efforts to give the flying public healthy food choices have been recognized. Healthy food choices go hand in hand with our smoke-free environment.”

  PCRM dieticians evaluated the airports during a five-month period ending in October. Each airport restaurant – defined as an establishment serving a main entrée – was rated “healthful” if it served at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée. The final percentage score for each airport was determined by dividing the number of its healthful restaurants by the total number of restaurants. The average score was 88%, a 13-point increase from last year.

  Noting that PHL “made a respectable debut” in the annual survey placing 7th among rated airports, PCRM singled out the vegetable sandwich or pasta marinara at Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar, the veggie bowl at Asian Chao, and the veggie wrap or salads at Lamberti’s International.

  "We are very pleased that PCRM included PHL in their 2006 survey,” said Paul McGinn, President, MarketPlace Development. “In planning the food and beverage program at PHL, MarketPlace Redwood has always made the availability of healthy choices a priority. We consider it to be an important part of our job to make sure that the traveling public has a full range of healthy and nutritious dining choices.”

  The Philadelphia Airport System is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia and is composed of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Airport System is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 34,000.

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Source - Business Wire