The National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining announced an expanded partnership to promote the restaurant industry’s proactive efforts in offering healthier cuisine as featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com, the only resource of its kind. HealthyDiningFinder.com helps consumers find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu options, with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants spanning quick service to upscale dining. Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ Ã¢â‚¬Â¨
â€˜As consumer interest in health and nutrition increases, America’s restaurants are responding by offering more healthful options than ever,â€™ says Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and chief executive. â€˜HealthyDiningFinder.com is a great tool for restaurants to highlight better-for-you options on their menus and provide the nutrition information their guests want in a convenient online format.â€™
HealthyDiningFinder.com is the industry’s largest nutrition initiative to help Americans identify healthier choices when dining out. The options are approved by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians and meet nutrition criteria based on the recommendations of leading health organizations. Detailed nutrition information, such as calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fruit/vegetable servings, is provided for each qualifying menu item.
The site is promoted to the growing segment of health- and weight-conscious consumers through employers, health organizations, health insurance companies, weight control programs, fitness centers, the media, and much more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided partial funding for the development of the HealthyDiningFinder.com.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨
Later this month, Healthy Dining will launch a new component to HealthyDiningFinder.com called â€˜Sodium Savvy.â€™ This section will list restaurants that offer menu items with no more than 600 mg. of sodium. In August, Healthy Dining will launch â€˜Nutrition News & Insights,â€™ a resource for operators looking for information and inspiration regarding nutrition and the restaurant industry. In September, a free Healthy Dining phone app will help diners access the Healthy Dining information in real time. Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Members of the National Restaurant Association or any state restaurant and hospitality association receive a 20 percent discount as a member benefit when signing up for the program.