Kids LiveWell Initiative Marks Third Anniversary with 150 Restaurant Brand Participants
Program grows to over 42,000 locations nationwide
“We are excited to celebrate Kids LiveWell’s third anniversary and the extraordinary progress of the program in that short period of time,” said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “Consumers are eager for healthful options and the success of Kids LiveWell has shown that restaurants and foodservice companies are enthusiastic to provide those nutritious choices. We are proud that the Kids LiveWell program is helping families in every state across the country find healthful options when dining out.”
The National Restaurant Association launched the first-of-its-kind initiative in July 2011 in collaboration with partner Healthy Dining and 19 inaugural brand leaders representing 15,000 locations.
“We applaud all of the participating Kids LiveWell restaurants featured on HealthyDiningFinder.com,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president of Healthy Dining. “These restaurants are demonstrating dedication and innovation in offering both nutritious and tasty options for America’s children. Our team of registered dietitians is proud to be part of this growing initiative helping families find healthy menu options when dining out.”
Many Kids LiveWell participating restaurants are taking part in the program’s third anniversary by offering special kids’ meal promotions, and the celebrations will continue with a Twitter chat on Thursday, July 24 at 3 p.m. ET.
To further build the initiative’s scope, the National Restaurant Association has partnered with foodservice suppliers including Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, McCormick for Chefs, PepsiCo and Sysco, to help participating restaurants meet the nutrition criteria of Kids LiveWell meals. The California Milk Advisory Board also has become the first commodity board to sponsor the program.
To join Kids LiveWell, restaurants agree to offer and promote a selection of qualifying menu items based on leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations, including the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. The initiative focuses on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting total calories, unhealthy fats, sugar and sodium.
Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians works with restaurants to identify and validate menu choices that meet the program’s criteria. Participating restaurants and their qualifying items can be found on HealthyDiningFinder.com, and also via a free Kids LiveWell app.
Kids LiveWell video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5c1N_6TuMQ
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.