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School District of Philadelphia Uses Digital Signage to Promote Get Healthy Philly

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100 SourceBoards, from Horizon Software International, were implemented in 85 school cafeterias to teach students the importance of a healthy lifestyle

Horizon Software International, the leader in K-12 food service technology, announces the successful implementation of 100 digital signs throughout the School District of Philadelphia’s K-12 school cafeterias.

The SourceBoard solution will allow schools within the district to better communicate with students and faculty through digital signs placed in front of meal lines. The ease of communication will translate to reduced costs and increased efficiency for the schools. In addition, the digital signs will assist with promoting various initiatives important to the school district.

Horizon partnered with Touchtown, Inc. ( ) to offer this digital communication medium that allows schools to easily broadcast nutritional information, menus, organization news, activity announcements, videos and more to HDTVs strategically placed throughout their facilities. SourceBoards in the School District of Philadelphia engage students not only in understanding the nutritional values of the foods they are eating, but also in helping them make more informed decisions on their food choices.

“The School District of Philadelphia’s application of SourceBoard, to promote ‘Get Healthy Philly’ that promotes a healthy, active and smoke-free environment, shows the District is on the cutting edge by using technology to communicate with their students, parents and faculty. Their leadership in piloting this product demonstrates the visionary insights of their team,” says Randy Eckels, President of Horizon.

The ease of use and implementation was paramount for choosing Horizon’s SourceBoard for the School District. “The smooth implementation of the SourceBoards into the 85 schools shows that the product is easy to execute. The support received throughout the entire process has made this project a huge success in our district, and the value of the solution aligns with our continued focus on nutrition education for our students,” says Wayne Garsela, Senior Vice President of Food Service at the School District of Philadelphia. “We think it’s a step in the right direction for helping our students understand the importance of staying healthy by maintaining a balanced diet and participating in physical activity.”

The School District of Philadelphia implementation is the biggest installation for Horizon Software and Touchtown. “The successful implementation of SourceBoards throughout the School District of Philadelphia is a major milestone for the partnership between Horizon Software and Touchtown,” says Jeff Pepper, President and CEO of Touchtown, Inc. “We look forward to many more deals like this, to show schools that educating students on nutrition and physical activity during meals will help them make better lifelong choices.”

Horizon SourceBoards integrate with the Horizon POS system, which allows SourceBoard to pull menu information directly from the POS system. The SourceBoard content manager comes pre-loaded with nutrition education content that makes it very easy for the district to provide this information via digital signage to students and faculty.

For additional information or a demonstration, please contact Horizon Software at (800) 741-7100.

About Horizon Software International

Horizon Software International is a global leader in software, services and technologies for food service operations. The company, a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner headquartered near Atlanta, GA, offers comprehensive food service solutions for K-12, Senior Living, Healthcare, Corporate, and Military. Horizon operates as a unit of Roper Industries, Inc. Roper Industries is a market-driven, diversified growth company and is a constituent of the Fortune 1000, the Russell 1000, and the S&P 500 indices.

About Touchtown Inc.

More than 1,200 communities rely on Touchtown to create great communities — from products that make it easy to share programs and messages to the latest in personal emergency response and fail-safe personalized messaging — Touchtown enables customers to break down barriers to communication, cultivating the member satisfaction that directly results in increased revenue for their businesses.

Source: Horizon Software International

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