Kids Live Well Initiative
|July 15, 2011||Posted by Sarah under Healthy Eating, Kids|
Yesterday I read some interesting news related to health food for kids and dining out. According to multiple news sources, including this press release from the National Restaurant Association, over 15,000 restaurants nationwide are participating in a new program called “Kids Live Well” aimed at reducing childhood obesity by offering healthier menus for kids.
According to the press release, the restaurants agreed to “offer and promote a selection of items that meet qualifying criteria based on leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations.” The criteria includes the following:
- Offer a children’s meal (an entrée, side and beverage) with 600 calories or less; two servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and/or low-fat dairy; with limits on sodium, fats and sugar;
- Offer at least one other individual item with 200 calories or less, with limits on fats, sugars and sodium, plus contain a serving of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein or low-fat dairy;
- Display or make available upon request the nutrition profile of the healthful menu options; and
- Promote/identify the healthful menu options
Sounds pretty good, right? Of course there’s no guarantee that children are going to pick the healthier option over the one that comes with, say, a side of fries. Maybe that’s where mom and/or dad step in? I don’t know the solution. However, if the child is used to having healthy options at home and has been eating fresh produce since infancy, one would assume they would choose the healthier meal or side. Either way, I think it’s really nice to have these new options for kids now at some major restaurants.
Here are the 19 chains participating in this so far:
- Au Bon Pain
- Bonefish Grill
- Burger King
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Chevys Fresh Mex
- Chili’s Grill & Bar
- Corner Bakery Café
- Cracker Barrel
- El Pollo Loco
- Joe’s Crab Shack
- Outback Steakhouse
- Silver Diner
- T-Bones Great American Eatery
What do you think? Is this going to make a difference?