Launches New “Kids LiveWell” Platform: Guide to Healthier Restaurant Meals For Children

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Additional new site components help restaurant diners easily find menu choices with more nutrients, fewer calories and less sodium.

New Kids Platform Provides Guide to Healthier Restaurant Meals for Children

“With the new Kids platform on, now every member of the family can find great-tasting, healthful items at America’s popular restaurants,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, President of Healthy Dining.

Today, Healthy Dining announced the new “Kids LiveWell” platform located on This first-ever of its kind guide provides parents and children with a resource to find restaurants offering a selection of children’s menu choices that meet the “Kids LiveWell” criteria. The “Kids LiveWell” program, developed by the National Restaurant Association, in collaboration with Healthy Dining, was unveiled today at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

“It is so exciting to see the variety of restaurants that are leading the industry in offering a selection of “Kids LiveWell” choices,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, President of Healthy Dining. “These choices emphasize lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and unsaturated fats -- all of which are the ingredients that help children grow, thrive and do their best. This new initiative contributes to the health and well-being of our nation’s children and future generations.”    

Restaurants featured as “Inaugural Leaders” of the program include: Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Burgerville, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chevys, Chili’s, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Friendly’s, IHOP, Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery and zpizza.

“‘Kids LiveWell’ underscores that restaurants can be part of the solution to ensuring a healthier generation and providing consumer choice in dining options,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “More than 15,000 restaurant locations are participating in this initial launch and offering their young guests a selection of ‘Kids LiveWell’ choices, and we look forward to announcing additional restaurants and meal options in the coming months.”

In addition to the new kids’ platform, also released several new features and components to the site including:
-- Home page featuring food photos of qualifying menu items
-- Articles to educate and inspire healthier restaurant dining
-- Recipes from Healthy Dining restaurants
-- Enhanced search results page listing the number of:
1) qualifying Healthy Dining choices,
2) Sodium Savvy options and/or
3) Kids LiveWell choices.
-- Advanced search functionality to help site visitors narrow their search to personalize needs

“With the new Kids LiveWell platform on, now every member of the family -- kids, teens, young adults, parents and grandparents -- can find great-tasting, healthful items at America’s popular restaurants,” said Jones-Mueller.

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, HEALTHY DINING’s team of master’s level registered dietitians and nutrition professionals 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., the only resource of its kind, helps Americans find dietitian-approved HEALTHY DINING menu options, with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants spanning from fast food to fine dining, from 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.


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