San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 11, 2010
Beginning February 1, 2010, HEALTHY DINING, the nation’s most experienced group of restaurant nutrition experts, will feature on HealthyDiningFinder.com'Sodium Savvy' tips on how to order HEALTHY DINING menu options with less sodium.
HealthyDiningFinder.com is the only website to provide nutrition-minded Americans with a resource of 'dietitian-approved HEALTHY DINING menu choices.' More than 60,000 nationwide restaurant locations, spanning fast food to upscale dining, are featured on the site. For a restaurant’s menu item to qualify for inclusion on the site, the item must meet recommended guidelines for calories, fat and saturated fat. Additionally, the items must include a lean protein, fruit/vegetable and/or whole grain component. “Sodium is not a qualifying criterion for the HEALTHY DINING PROGRAM, and so we are thrilled to be able to launch this new ‘Sodium Savvy’ initiative to help restaurant diners know how to order menu options with less sodium,” says Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, HEALTHY DINING’s President. “This guidance will help all of us to be more sodium savvy.”
With just a few clicks, HealthyDiningFinder.com helps nutrition-conscious diners easily find restaurants offering 'dietitian-approved HEALTHY DINING menu choices.' Enter a zip code and price range, and your search results will identify participating restaurants in the requested area. Then, click on a restaurant logo and a full listing of the restaurants’ qualifying menu options with corresponding nutrient information is shown. “Many restaurants already offer a few menu selections that are lower in sodium,” explains Jones-Mueller. “Each restaurant’s page offers the ability to sort by sodium and other nutrients, so you can quickly find the best choices for your nutritional goals.”
The soon-to-be-released ‘Sodium Savvy’ component will provide specific ordering instructions developed by HEALTHY DINING’s dietitians. For example, the dietitians may suggest, “Order black beans instead of refried beans to save 250 mg. of sodium per serving.”
In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association(NRA), HEALTHY DINING’s team of registered dietitians and master’s level nutrition professionals is now offering restaurants consultation on how to reduce sodium levels in their menu items. The consultation is free to all NRA-member restaurants and/or American Express Merchants that (a) participate in the HEALTHY DINING PROGRAM (i.e., for their HEALTHY DINING menu options) and/or (b) contract with HEALTHY DINING to provide nutrition analysis services for their menu.
“HEALTHY DINING is dedicated to helping restaurants prosper by promoting a selection of 'HEALTHY DINING menu choices,' while empowering Americans to enjoy dining out as a delicious part of a healthy lifestyle,” emphasizes Jones-Mueller. “The new ‘Sodium Savvy’ initiative provides an easy way for restaurants to offer their customers menu options with lower sodium values. This is a win-win for consumers, restaurants and the restaurant industry.”
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 healthier menu options. A leader in restaurant nutrition, the company works with hundreds of restaurants and has analyzed thousands of menu items for nutrient content. In collaboration with the 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 choices,' with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants spanning from fast food to fine dining, coast to coast. 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.