Healthy Dining Talks Menu Labeling at National Restaurant Show
SAN DIEGO, CA (May 17, 2015) —Eating healthy and menu labeling are big topics at this year’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, and Healthy Dining, the California-based company that has been at the forefront of restaurant nutrition for more than two decades, will be there to guide restaurants through the new menu labeling regulations. This legislation requires – for the first time ever – restaurants with 20 or more locations to print calories on menus and menu boards and provide ten additional nutrients, including sodium, saturated fat and carbs, onsite at every location in the U.S. by December 1, 2015.
“Getting ready for menu labeling will take considerable time and resources this year, but it can be a very positive investment for the future,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president of Healthy Dining. “It’s exciting to see restaurants embracing this menu labeling era and its potential as a positive for guests and profits. The industry is starting to set the healthy trends that can last a lifetime and make a difference for our children and future generations.”
Healthy Dining will have several venues to help restaurant professionals attending the NRA Show, being held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Must-attend sessions from Healthy Dining include the following:
Educational Session: Menu Labeling: The Time is Now! Monday 5/18/15, 1:00PM, Room: S402a
The long-awaited menu labeling regulations will soon be a reality, and the restaurant dining landscape – for both operators and diners – will never be the same! Join us for an information- and inspiration-packed session about how the menu labeling provision can help your restaurant benefit and capitalize in today’s health-focused environment. Joan McGlockton, VP of Public Policy at the National Restaurant Association, will provide updates on the FDA’s rules. Then you’ll hear from G.J. Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen, and Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs, on how they are leading their companies to a healthier bottom line. Anita Jones-Mueller, president of Healthy Dining, will moderate the session and provide insight on the growing nutrition-related market opportunities for restaurants.
Ask the Experts: Menu Labeling Compliance (Booth #6600) By appointment only, a limited number appointments still available): Healthy Dining’s vice president of Nutrition Strategy, Nicole Ring, RD, and vice president, Erica Bohm, MS, will help restaurant personnel navigate the menu labeling process and answer specific nutrition-related questions.
Healthy Dining Booth (Booth # 10733 in the Lakeside Center) Several of Healthy Dining’s nutrition professionals will be available to share expertise about nutrition analysis and gluten/allergen identification for restaurants. They will also share information on menu labeling compliance, including details about Healthy Dining’s soon-to-be-released Nutri-Serve online training courses, which provide online training about menu labeling for restaurant employees, both front-and back-of-house staff. Nutri-Serve courses also explain how to prepare accurate standardized recipes and why preparing accurate recipes is critical in order to provide accurate nutrition information to restaurant customers.
Healthy Dining is the National Restaurant Association’s exclusive nutrition partner. “As restaurants with twenty or more locations across the country begin to navigate FDA’s menu labeling standard, Healthy Dining is our endorsed partner to provide expert nutritional analysis and guide restaurateurs through the compliance process,” said Joan McGlockton, the NRA’s Vice President of Public Policy.
About Healthy Dining
It is Healthy Dining’s passion to contribute to a healthier America…in a delicious way! Healthy Dining’s signature web and mobile site, HealthyDiningFinder.com, is the only search engine of its kind providing personalized dining out recommendations validated by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians. The site enables millions of diet- and nutrition-conscious restaurant diners as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions to easily find Healthy Dining choices served at restaurants coast to coast, spanning quick serve to fine dining. HealthyDiningFinder.com also features a Kids LiveWell platform, a program developed by the National Restaurant Association, to help parents find restaurants offering healthier fare for children.
Healthy Dining, in collaboration with the NRA, leads the largest ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative to support Americans in finding dietitian-approved menu choices emphasizing lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats. With more than two decades of experience, Healthy Dining is the most qualified restaurant nutrition service provider in the world, and its dynamic team of registered dietitians is highly skilled to help guide restaurants through the menu labeling compliance and training process. Healthy Dining’s award-winning consumer-facing web and mobile site, HealthyDiningFinder.com features more than 4,000 dietitian-recommended menu choices from participating restaurants nationwide, spanning fast food to fine dining. The site is the only resource of its kind to support Americans looking for the best choices for weight loss and healthy lifestyles when eating away from home.
Healthy Dining is also the NRA’s partner on the groundbreaking Kids LiveWell program, which represents 150 restaurants and 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide. Healthy Dining’s dietitians validate menu items submitted by restaurants for inclusion in the Kids LiveWell program and promote the participating restaurants and qualifying kids’ choices to parents on the Kids LiveWell platform on HealthyDiningFinder.com.
About The National Restaurant Association
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. The NRA represents the industry in Washington, D.C. and advocate on its behalf. The NRA operates the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show, May 16-19 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 www.restaurant.org
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