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Dining Out with Kids & Healthy Eating Don’t Have to be Mutually Exclusive

Finding healthy eating options for kids while dining out or on the go can be a challenge. That’s especially true for families with busy schedules who commonly have to grab a quick meal between games, piano lessons and other activities. But here’s some relief: Under the Kids LiveWell Program, thousands of restaurants across the United States are offering healthy menu options to make those back-seat dinners and restaurant outings more nutritious.

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) launched Kids LiveWell in 2011 in collaboration withHealthy Dining, a website that lists restaurants that offer dietitian-approved menu choices. Their goal was to fill the void of healthful menu options for children. The program began with 19 restaurants and now has more than 42,000 in the United States, with new restaurants signing up weekly. Restaurants that join must meet strict nutrition criteria based on USDA and Institute of Medicine scientific recommendations: Read more