By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aramark employees Tuesday at a volunteer project at Buckner Family and Children Services in Dallas.

Aramark employees Tuesday at a volunteer project at Buckner Family and Children Services in Dallas.

The American Heart Association is joining Aramark in the company’s annual global day of service, a day when thousands of Aramark chefs, nutritionists and dietitians volunteer at community centers and nonprofits in 15 countries.

On Tuesday, Aramark employees will bring health and wellness programs to families in underserved communities in the United States, China, the United Kingdom and elsewhere as part of Aramark Building Community Day, or ABC Day. The U.S. effort supports the AHA and Aramark initiative Healthy for Life 20 by 20 to improve the health of Americans by 20 percent by 2020.

“Today, on Aramark Building Community Day, our volunteers are lending their unique skills and expertise to improve the health of tens of thousands of families by educating and inspiring them to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices part of their everyday lives,” Eric J. Foss, chairman, chief executive and president of Aramark, said in a news release.

Food Discovery Experience exhibits were part of Aramark's global volunteer day.

Food Discovery Experience exhibits were part of Aramark’s global volunteer day.

Hundreds of volunteer sites worldwide will host activities, including health and wellness demonstrations, workshops and community health fairs. Volunteers are planting community vegetable gardens, painting inspirational murals, refurbishing food pantries and revitalizing outdoor play areas.

“The programs taking place today bring vital lifelong health and wellness skills to communities that need it most,” Nancy Brown, chief executive of AHA, said in a news release.

Brown is taking part in a project at Buckner Family and Children Services in Dallas, where Aramark chefs and dietitians are doing healthy food discovery workshops and cooking demonstrations while other volunteers transform the outdoor playground area into a more active play space and build an outdoor classroom and stage for health workshops.

“It’s been proven that educating families on how to make healthier food and lifestyle decisions makes a lasting, positive impact on their overall health,” Brown said.