Growing Number of Restaurants Join Initiative To Offer Dietitian-Approved Healthy Dining Menu Choices and Nutrition Information

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From coast to coast, spanning fast food to fast casual to upscale dining, HealthyDiningFinder.com features more than 60,000 restaurant locations participating in the Healthy Dining Program to provide guests with menu options that unite health and taste. Menu items featured are balanced in calories and fat and emphasize lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

ever restaurant nutrition initiative, http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/pressroom/about.asp (Healthy Dining) announces the addition of several new restaurants to its already diverse selection of restaurant locations offering dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu choices.

New restaurants featured on http://www.healthydiningfinder.com (HealthyDiningFinder.com) include chains such as Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill (87 locations nationwide), Captain D's (1068 locations nationwide), Chevys Fresh Mex (94 locations nationwide), Pizza Factory (140 locations in 10 Western states), Which Wich (90 locations in 13 states), Elephant Bar (52 locations in 11 states), Black Bear Diner (39 locations in 6 Western states), Sagebrush Steakhouse (30 locations in 4 states), TooJay's Gourmet Deli (27 locations in Florida), as well as independent restaurants including Imperial Dynasty (Longwood, FL), Chopsticks II (Atlanta, GA) and Chinese Food Dot Com (Georgetown, TX).

These establishments join a wide range of restaurant brands, spanning fast food to upscale dining, that have chosen to join Healthy Dining's initiative to help Americans eat more healthfully when away from home.

"It's exciting to see so many types of restaurants rising to the challenge of offering great-tasting menu items that are balanced in calories and fat and emphasize lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains," says Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, Healthy Dining's founder and president. "Whether you are looking for healthy fast food, stopping for a fast casual dinner with family, or want to enjoy date night at an upscale restaurant, HealthyDiningFinder.com makes it easy to enjoy dining out as a delicious part of a healthy lifestyle."

With just a few clicks, HealthyDiningFinder.com helps nutrition-conscious diners easily find restaurants offering Healthy Dining menu items. Enter a zip code and price range and the search results will identify the restaurants participating in the Healthy Dining Program. Click on a restaurant's logo, and find a full listing of the qualifying menu options with corresponding nutrition information. All featured menu options meet http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/learnmore/nutrition_criteria.asp (Healthy Dining's nutrition criteria), based on recommended guidelines by leading health organizations, and are approved by Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians.

About Healthy Dining:
Since 1990, Healthy Dining's culinary nutrition experts have been guiding and inspiring chefs and restaurateurs to create and serve a selection of Healthy Dining menu options. A leader in restaurant nutrition, the company works with hundreds of restaurant companies and has analyzed thousands of menu items for nutrient content. In collaboration with the http://www.restaurant.org (National Restaurant Association), Healthy Dining leads the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative. HealthyDiningFinder.com, the only resource of its kind, helps Americans find dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu options, with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants nationwide ranging from fast food to upscale dining. 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 (CDC) provided partial funding for the development of the initiative.

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