Sodexo, Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine Partner to Bolster Wellness, Nutrition Commitment to Military

Partnership allows Sodexo to leverage Chef Irvine's expertise in nutrition, fitness and overall health to impact Quality of Life for the military.


Sodexo, (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) world leader in Quality of Life Services, and Chef Robert Irvine, a celebrated culinary professional, television host and restaurateur, have joined forces to make a positive impact on the health and wellness of the people Sodexo Government serves daily in military communities across the United States.

The exclusive 10-year partnership will allow Sodexo, the largest federal food service contractor in the North America, to leverage two of Chef Irvine's biggest passions – supporting the dedicated men and women who bravely serve our country and creating nutritious meals that satisfy guests and help them maintain healthy, active lifestyles. It is a dedication to nutrition, health and well-being that is perfectly aligned with Sodexo commitments in all of its business segments.

"I am incredibly excited about this new partnership with Sodexo," said Irvine. "Sodexo and I share the same view that health and wellness are paramount to our armed forces, and we both share the same desire to improve the quality of life for our military and their families."

Sodexo believes that health and wellness are key contributing factors to Quality of Life and the company creates its foodservice programs around those concepts. Therefore, all of the offers Sodexo Government develops specifically for the military are built upon a strong wellness foundation.

"Sodexo Government serves more than 45.6 million meals annually and considers the health and wellbeing of our servicemen and women a matter of military readiness. For that reason, we have long been focused on providing healthy and nutritious meals to the people we serve at military locations throughout the country," says Dave Scanlan, CEO, Sodexo Government for North America. "Chef Robert Irvine shares that understanding and has a deep-rooted love for the military, so this partnership is a natural fit and one that will benefit those we serve for years to come."

Sodexo's companywide focus on health, wellness and Quality of Life is integral to its business. In addition to its obligation to the military, Sodexo made acommitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America in 2014 to engage and motivate consumers to help make the healthy choice the easy choice through innovative wellness programs.

Learn more about Sodexo at its corporate blog, Sodexo Insights.

About Robert Irvine

As the host of one of the Food Network's highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant's weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network's Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef's Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life.

In 2015, Irvine launched Robert Irvine Foods, a company that features a nutritionally improved line of food products without compromising great taste. Irvine recently established the eponymously named nonprofit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. Now in operation for a few years, the foundation continues to grow and assist those in need. In recent years he was honored with two very distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country's heroes. He was first designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, and later that year awarded the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of our Service Members - bestowed upon him by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

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From what I've found, many people aren't sure what a Biomed career consists of - or sometimes they don't even realize it exists.

In a nutshell, biomedical equipment technicians, also called biomedical engineers, biomeds or BMETs for short, hold a critical position in filling the gap between medicine and technology. They make it possible for medical staff to use state of the art medical devices, providing the highest level of patient care.

So how did I end up there? In high school, I loved math and science, and it seemed to promise real opportunities for our changing world. This was when I discovered biomedical engineering, which combined my two passions - medicine and fixing things.

Unfortunately, there are some young girls who still grow up thinking that engineering and science aren't meant for women, so it is important to me to show that women can thrive in the world of engineering (or in any career they choose). Because of this, I have chosen to share my personal career path and experiences with the students at my daughter's local high school and with you on this blog.

Today, gender equality and diversity is just as important as ever. Imagine the great advances that could occur in engineering if men and women were working together more often to solve problems. While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

In my current role, I have the great opportunity to search the country for Healthcare Technology Management professionals and hope that I can use my position to inspire more women to consider the field from an early age.

For those who may be interested in learning more about Sodexo and the jobs we have available, I highly recommend attending in person events, like the upcoming AAMI Conference & Convention, where Sodexo Clinical Technology Management operators and recruiters will be there in person to answer your questions and help you get to know our company better.

In the meantime, head over to our dedicated career page to read stories from both men and women in the Sodexo CTM organization and find out how you can become part of the team.