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    7-Eleven Makes Honor Roll

    Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recognizes chain for its new health initiatives.

    7-Eleven Inc. is among a handful of foodservice providers to make Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's honor roll for encouraging healthy lifestyles and kicking off new health-oriented initiatives at the Summit on Health, Nutrition and Obesity held recently in Sacramento, Calif., Nation’s Restaurant News reported.

    The Governor's Vision for California -- 10 Steps for Healthy Living -- promotes healthy eating, physical activity, community and school involvement and discourages marketing of unhealthful foods to kids.

    7-Eleven, based in Dallas, announced that the chain's California units will lead the way in the rollout of the new Pick Smart products, a selection of sandwiches and wraps with fewer than 10 grams of fat and 440 calories each, according to Kevin Gardner, director of marketing. The new lineup will be out in the first quarter of 2006, he said.

    Subway and McDonald's also made the honor roll for dedicating their companies to helping the governor reach his goal of making California a healthy state.

    "California is facing an obesity epidemic that the governor feels very strongly about as a public health issue," said Julie Soderlund, the governor's deputy press secretary. "The governor believes that everyone plays a significant role in confronting the epidemic. There are many creative ways restaurants and other businesses can help in offering healthful options to consumers and putting out materials to encourage consumers to eat more healthfully."

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