National Restaurant Association & UnitedHealthcare to Launch a New Major Initiative: RESTAURANT HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE

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New Alliance to provide access to health care coverage; related products and services to nearly one million restaurant owners and 13 million restaurant employees


Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney and Board Chair Mike Gibbons will hold TELE-PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, MAY 21st AT 12:15

Chicago - On the eve of the premiere industry trade show, the National Restaurant Association's top officials will hold a national tele-press conference to announce a major health care initiative called "Restaurant Health Care Alliance." The National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney and Chairman of the Board Mike Gibbons will make the announcement in a national tele-press conference on Friday, May 21, at 12:15 PM ET.

The Restaurant Health Care Alliance is a joint project of the National Restaurant Association and UnitedHealthcare. This Alliance will provide a new suite of health care products that will help nearly 13 million restaurant employees gain easier, lower cost access to health care coverage and related products and services.

WHO: Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO, National Restaurant Association

Mike Gibbons, Chairman, National Restaurant Association

DIAL-IN: 888-631-5930, Restaurant Health Care Alliance Call

WHEN: Friday, May 21, 2010, 12:15 PM ET

TO RSVP: Maureen Ryan, 202-331-5939,

Dawn Sweeney is president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association, the chief business association for the restaurant industry. One of the nation's most powerful trade organizations, the National Restaurant Association represents all types of restaurant and foodservice concepts, including quickservice, fast casual, managed foodservice, casual and fine dining, along with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, for an industry of 13 million employees.

Mike Gibbons is Chairman of the National Restaurant Association and the president and CEO of Mainstreet Ventures, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Mich., a regional restaurant chain featuring several diverse restaurant concepts operating in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Maryland and Florida. Gibbons began serving on the Association's Board in 2000, and previously held the positions of treasurer and vice chairman, as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of nearly 13 million employees. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association works to lead America's restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence, and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve. For more information, visit our Web site at

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CONTACT: Sue Hensley, +1-202-331-5964,, or Michael Meehan, +1-202- 280-6770,

/PRNewswire-USNewswire May 20/

SOURCE National Restaurant Association

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