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British Columbia Pizza Huts Get a Health Check

Date: 02-02-2010

Pizza Hut introduces a line of great tasting Health Check™ menu items available only in BC

Vancouver, BC: Pizza lovers in Canada’s healthiest province*, British Columbia, will be the first in Canada to get a slice of Pizza Hut’s new line of menu items that meet the nutrient criteria of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check™ program.

“Starting today, Pizza Hut restaurants across BC will be dishing up delicious multigrain pizza crusts and hearty Mediterranean-inspired, oven-baked wholegrain pastas — all made using the goodness of whole grains and fresh healthy ingredients!” says David Pullara, Senior Marketing Manager, Pizza Hut. “Pizza Hut’s product excellence team has been hard at work, scrutinizing every last detail to ensure the perfect balance of taste and nutrition.”

The new recipes, all of which reflect the great taste and quality that has made Pizza Hut an international success, feature a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

The pizzas are topped with healthy ingredients including grilled chicken and pesto-marinated tomato slices, while the veggie-laden pastas feature a combination of feta and mozzarella cheeses, roasted red peppers, red onions, green peppers, olives and an old world tomato sauce. All recipes were carefully developed to meet Health Check’s strict nutrient criteria for sodium, fat and protein content.

“Pizza Hut’s new partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check Dining Program provides new, healthier choices for customers across the province,” said Ida Chong, B.C. Minister of Healthy Living and Sport. “The Health Check Dining Program’s success is built on its variety of menu options that are both tasty and healthy.”

“We know that many people want healthy choices when they dine out and having Health Check on the Pizza Hut menu helps them easily identify those healthy options,” says Julie Lau, Heart and Stroke Foundation registered dietitian for BC. “And with well-trained staff to answer questions and nutrition information available about the Health Check items, Pizza Hut customers will know what’s in the healthy options.”

The Health Check™ BC Dining Program, funded by the provincial government in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation BC and Yukon since 2006, is a food information program designed to improve the health of British Columbians by providing healthier menu options in BC restaurants. The program supports local producers and celebrates the many healthy products that are produced in British Columbia by featuring BC food products when available.

About Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut has over 320 franchised restaurants across Canada, with 48 outlets in BC, offering dine-in, delivery and online ordering. With more than 12,800 locations in 100 countries, Pizza Hut is the world’s largest pizza restaurant company. Pizza Hut, Inc. is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM). The company’s 50-year legacy of leadership and innovation has made it the recognized leader in the $37 billion pizza category. Those hungry for more information can go to the official Canadian Pizza Hut Website at http://www.pizzahut.ca. For details about the new items visit or call your local BC Pizza Hut restaurant at 310-1010.

About Health Check
Health Check is one way the Heart and Stroke Foundation helps Canadians make healthy choices. All Health Check items meet nutrient criteria developed by the Foundation’s registered dietitians based on recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide. Health Check works directly with food companies and restaurants to improve the food supply by challenging them to meet stronger nutrient criteria and offer Canadians more healthy choices. Health Check is the only non-profit, independent, and neutral food information program in the country. For more information on Health Check as well as healthy eating resources, tips and recipes visit healthcheck.org.
 
For more information on Pizza Hut, please contact:
David Weinstein, Rebecca Crittenden or Adam Sanders at Strategic Objectives Tel: (416) 366-7735 Toll Free: 1-866-366-7733 Fax: (416) 366-2295 E: rcrittenden@strategicobjectives.com

For information on the Health Check™ Program, please contact:
Stephanie Lawrence, Manager, Communications Tel: (613) 569-4361 ext 351; e-mail: SLawrence@hsf.ca

* BC Healthy Living Alliance
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