Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kids Live Well program

On our way back into town the other day, the boys were hungry and my husband and I were in desperate need of a strong cup of coffee, so we headed to Denny's!  
Don't judge, we were out in the middle of nowhere so we were lucky to find ANYTHING!  
We hadn't been there in YEARS so I examined the menu and found this,

I was able to get the boys silver dollar pancakes, sugar free syrup, turkey bacon and scrambled eggs...considering the other options were chocolate chip and raspberry drizzled pancakes, sausage and a 3,000 calorie omelet, I think we did pretty good!  Ha!

I took a picture of this logo with my phone because I wanted to learn more about this program and here's what I found, 

There are over 25,000 restaurants nationwide that participate in this program, trying to keep restaurants offering healthy options, especially for children!  

To find a list of the participating restaurants, click here.

From their website:
"The National Restaurant Association launched the Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children select healthful menu options when dining out. Restaurants that participate in the voluntary program commit to offering healthful meal items for children, with a particular focus on increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium.
The Kids LiveWell program benefits both restaurateurs and guests. Participating restaurants get third-party verification and promotional materials for qualified meals and individual menu items. Parents and caretakers get accurate information to help them make informed decisions about their child's meal."

With help from the Healthy Dining Finder, parents are able to use the smartphone mobile app to find healthy options while on the go!  
Although eating at home is the best option, sometimes that isn't always easy, so to know that restaurants TRY to serve menu options that are somewhat nutritional is a little more settling in a world full of super-sized, high fat menu items!  

Have you heard of this program?
I must say I was fairly impressed with the menu selections and descriptions of calories and fat content in these items.  It helped me, as a Mom, make a healthier choice for my children although dining out is still higher fat and calories that when I prepare a delicious meal at home.  

Are there any other programs like this that you've seen in your area?
I'd love to know about them.  I am always in search of finding the latest and greatest when it comes to preventing childhood obesity, and I think in some way, this is helping Americans become more aware, which is a small step in the right direction!

Today's Workout:  For the past 2 days, I've settled for a nice, spin workout on my back porch!  Although the temps are getting outta control around here, it feels pretty nice to get in the zone and break a sweat to start the day off right!  
I've come to the conclusion that a great song combined with a great spin workout makes for a fabulous calorie burn!  Yesterday, after 43minutes, I was drenched and feeling SO good!  I was in that zone where nothing could get in my way...ya know that feeling, right?  If you don't, you MUST find a workout ASAP that gives you that workout high!  Right?  RIGHT!



Elle said...

How great to find some healthy options for your kids especially. I would never have thought to see that at Denny's either.

Mommy Minded said...

Thanks for sharing this! We are with you as far as trying to eat at home as much as possible. BUT! It is nice to see placing trying to give better options for when we want to get out of the house. ;)

Bridie Sellers said...

We rarely eat out (unless it is grabbing sandwiches from planet sub or jimmy john's - fairly healthy options), so when we do eat out, I let the kids eat whatever they want. However, we eat extremely healthy at home, and they are far from overweight, and they understand that it's not ok to eat like that all the time. There are a lot of people that choose to eat out way more often, so I am glad there are restaurants putting out healthier options for those that need it!

Samantha said...

Love this! Knowledge is one of the key ingredients to fighting obesity In this country. We can't be naive to basic food information. One way of doing that is with this awesome program and awesome different food choices. Love that we have this alternative when Grace is older!!
<3 Sam

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