Healthy Dining Partnership Expands to 100+ Chinese and Asian Restaurants Nationwide

Today, more than 100 independent Chinese and Asian restaurants are participating in the Healthy Dining Program and are featured on Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com. This partnership represents the largest-ever initiative to promote selected menu items representing the healthfulness of the Chinese and Asian cuisines.

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"This partnership breaks new ground in aligning the efforts and talents of the Chinese/Asian restaurant communities around offering and promoting healthful menu options," says Anita Jones, M.P.H., Founder and President of Healthy Dining.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2010

One year ago, Healthy Dining and Smart Business Services (publishers of Chinese Restaurant News and Asian Restaurant News) together launched a groundbreaking initiative to assist the nation’s Chinese and Asian restaurants in identifying, analyzing and publicizing their healthier choices.

Today, more than 100 Chinese and Asian restaurants are participating in the Healthy Dining Program and are featured on Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com. At this site, health-conscious diners nationwide can find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining choices at participating restaurant locations near their homes or workplaces – and view corresponding nutrition information (calories, fat, fiber, etc.). The site features many popular chain restaurants that span fast food to upscale dining, including Au Bon Pain, Blimpie, Boston Market, Chili's Grill & Bar, El Pollo Loco, Jack in the Box, Joe's Crab Shack, Moe’s Southwest Grill and hundreds of others.

The alliance between Healthy Dining and Smart Business Services (SBS) is serving to increase the number of independent Asian and Chinese restaurants in the program. “We are very excited about this partnership. It demonstrates to the public that many popular Chinese/Asian dishes are healthful and can be found on the HealthyDiningFinder.com Web site. The site provides guidance to diners to make healthier choices when dining at Chinese/Asian restaurants," said Betty Xie, editor-in-chief of Chinese Restaurant News. “On an average day, Americans consume more than 2.5 million meals prepared in Chinese restaurants. Chinese/Asian food by its nature has many healthy characteristics, as many dishes are made to order with a balance of lean protein and fresh vegetables.”

Healthy Dining's registered dietitians identify the restaurants’ healthiest choices and complete a nutrition analysis on those items. Many Chinese and Asian restaurants offer healthful menu items that meet Healthy Dining's nutrition criteria(i.e., a focus on lean proteins such as seafood and chicken; fruits and vegetables; whole grains such as brown rice (when available); and qualifying levels of calories, fat, and saturated fat).

Examples of participating Chinese restaurants and a menu item featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com:
China City (Oak Park, MI)
Bourbon Chicken (Serves 3)
Per serving: 310 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat

Dragon Palace(Patchogue, NY)
Chicken with Broccoli (serves 2)
Per serving: 260 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat

Little Panda Restaurant(Lubbock, TX)
Curry Shrimp (Serves 2)
Per serving: 210 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat

Mandarin Plaza(San Diego, CA)
Bird Nest Triple Delight (serves 2)
Per serving: 220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat

“Healthy Dining's partnership with Smart Business Services breaks new ground in aligning the efforts and talents of the Chinese and Asian restaurant communities around offering and promoting the healthful menu options available at these restaurants. We applaud SBS’s proactive approach in being at the forefront of the healthy eating trend," says Anita Jones, M.P.H., Founder and President of Healthy Dining.

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 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. Through HealthyDiningFinder.com, the only resource of its kind, Americans can find dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu options and view corresponding nutrient information (calories, fat, etc.) for restaurants that span 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.

About Smart Business Services:
Serving the Asian-American business community since 1994, SBS, Inc. packages the largest Asian-American and Chinese-speaking audiences with ethnically segmented mailing lists and trade magazines including: How2USA Magazine, Chinese Restaurant News and Asian Restaurant News. SBS flagship Chinese Restaurant News also produces the annual Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in USA awards show (top100ChineseRestaurants.com), plus online dining guide ChineseMenu.com and “The Fortune Cookie” --a free in-restaurant publication read by Chinese restaurant patrons throughout the USA.

About Chinese Restaurant News
Chinese Restaurant News (c-r-n.com) is the only monthly publication serving Chinese-speaking restaurant owners in the USA. Founded in 1995, with the mission of helping Chinese restaurants to grow their business in America's ultra-competitive food service industry, CRN has become the top information source for 45,000 Chinese restaurant owners and operators in the U.S.

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