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ARA SERVICES OFFERS DIETARY RESOLUTIONS FOR 1994

 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- For those resolving to eat healthier in 1994, dietitians at ARA Services recommend a program emphasizing nutritious eating habits and regular exercise.
 "Before you begin, establish a reasonable goal," said Diane Friedman, a registered dietitian with ARA's Healthcare Nutrition Services (HNS) in Seattle. HNS serves 115 million meals annually for more than 300 healthcare clients nationwide.
 "Losing five pounds in one week may sound wonderful, but most of what you lose will be water and will be regained quickly," said Friedman. "Instead of focusing on the amount of food you eat, resolve instead to change your eating habits."
 Friedman offered these basic guidelines toward more sensible and healthy eating habits.
 -- Eat less fat and fatty foods. Fat has double the calories of carbohydrates and protein. If you can cut back on fat, you're bound to lose weight. Opt for low-calorie or no-oil salad dressings, a baked potato in place of french fries and a bagel instead of a doughnut.
 -- Eat more grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are naturally low in fat and filled with vitamins and minerals. Just be aware of those high-fat toppings.
 -- Increase your activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Try a 20-minute walk three times a week. Exercise burns calories and helps curb your appetite.
 -- If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.
 "Since we are all human, most of us occasionally slip on our nutritional resolutions," Friedman said. "Totally depriving yourself of your favorite foods will often backfire and lead to cravings and overeating. Plan to eat your favorite foods in a small amount."
 Friedman said the beginning of a new year offers an excellent opportunity for changes in one's eating and exercise habits. "Cut back on the fat in your diet and take a walk," she said. "It can be as simple as that."
 ARA Services is the world's largest diversified services management company in the fields of food, leisure and support services; health and education services; uniform services; and magazine and book distribution.
 ARA manages food and nutrition services at hospitals, businesses and schools. The company is one of the largest private employers of dietitians nationwide.
 ARA is an employee-owned company with more than 131,000 employees worldwide and 1993 sales of nearly $5 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Haertsch, 215-238-6129, or Diane Friedman, 206-527-8073, both of ARA Services/


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