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Healthy Options Found at Bush Intercontinental

Airport once again scores high for healthy food options

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George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) continues to draw national recognition for its wide array of healthy food options.

Nutrition experts with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) recently reviewed the food service at some of the country’s busiest airports and Bush Intercontinental Airport tied for third place in bringing passengers the widest variety of healthy meal options.

The study covered 18 major airports in more than a dozen states and focused on availability of food options that offered diners low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free menu options.

The third-place finish represents a move up for Bush Airport, which finished fourth in the previous year’s study.

“Fortunately, people are focusing more than ever before on adopting a healthy lifestyle,” says Randy Goodman, commercial development manager for the Houston Airport System. “We recognized fairly early on that we needed to contribute to that effort by making healthy food choices available and accessible in the airport setting.”

Bush Intercontinental Airport scored four points higher than last year’s total and received specific mention for dishes found at restaurants, “Z Pizza” and “Lefty’s Lonestar Grill.”

The high ranking of Bush Intercontinental Airport is a reflection of the Houston Airport System’s commitment to healthy lifestyles. The 2002 study found that only half the restaurants operating at Bush Intercontinental offered at least one entrée that met the study’s minimum standards. However in the most recent study, that number has climbed to 90 percent.

“We’re pleased with the progress that we’ve made over the past several years and we’re excited about the progress we’re going to be making in the future,” Goodman says. “This is an ongoing effort that’s constantly evolving and improving.”

Health experts advise that high-fiber, low-fat vegetarian foods help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The 2010 study represents the tenth year that the PCRM has ranked the number of healthy food dishes available in the country’s busiest airports.

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