Last July, the National Restaurant Association launched Kids LiveWell, a voluntary program in which participating restaurants agree to offer and promote a selection of menu items for children that meet established nutritional criteria based on current dietary recommendations, including the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
Well-balanced lifestyle habits established early in childhood, including healthy eating and physical activity, can help to reduce weight gain and the potential risk of disease later in life. The goal is to provide more healthful meal options for children when families are dining out.
Since last year's kick-off, participation in the program stands at 68 restaurant brands representing more than 22,000 locations nationwide. The brands range from casual to fast-food restaurants to fine-dining establishments.
Parents can learn more at HealthyDiningFinder.com, or follow the program on Twitter @KidsLiveWell to stay informed of new participating restaurants.