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Exploding Interest Fuels Growth of HealthyDiningFinder.com

March 4, 2009

Largest-Ever Restaurant Nutrition Initiative

SAN DIEGO, March 4 /PRNewswire/ — Even as the economy continues to struggle, busy yet health-conscious consumers remain committed to making healthier choices when eating away from home. This growing trend has propelled HEALTHY DINING’s team of nutrition experts to expand the features and functionality of its signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com. The online resource features dietitian-approved HEALTHY DINING menu items served at 60,000 restaurant locations, representing the largest-ever nutrition initiative to help Americans identify healthier options when dining out. The initiative has significant potential for improving public health, as concerns continue to escalate about rising rates of obesity and other nutrition-related conditions.

“Now it is easier than ever for Americans to enjoy dining out with health, taste and value in mind,” announced HEALTHY DINING’s President, Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, in unveiling the new, enhanced website today. “For all who are striving to make healthier choices, HealthyDiningFinder.com makes dining out a delicious ingredient in a healthy lifestyle.”

Restaurants featured on the site span fast food to upscale dining and include such favorites as Buca di Beppo, Panera Bread, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Blimpie, Panda Express, Jack in the Box and scores of others that have joined the HEALTHY DINING PROGRAM to offer their guests a selection of HEALTHY DINING menu options. Featured menu options are approved by registered dietitians and meet nutrition criteria based on the recommendations of leading health organizations. Detailed nutrition information (calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and fruit/vegetable servings) is provided for each qualifying item.

“So many people love to dine out or find themselves frequently grabbing quick meals to go. HealthyDiningFinder.com is a one-stop resource that people can trust, with no guessing and no guilt,” emphasizes Nicole Quartuccio, RD, HEALTHY DINING’s Director of Nutrition. “Simply log on and you will find hundreds of great-tasting HEALTHY DINING menu options served at many of the nation’s favorite restaurants.”

Together with a fresh new look, enhanced aspects of the online resource include:

  • Blog columns written by HEALTHY DINING’s nutrition experts and guest writers to educate, inspire and empower Americans to dine out more healthfully
  • Free e-newsletters with nutrition-savvy dining out advice and tips
  • Free recipes that reveal chefs’ secrets for creating great-tasting, healthful cuisine
  • “Nutrition 101″ section offering easy-to-understand healthy lifestyle guidelines
  • “What’s New” section to notify visitors of new restaurants and resources available on the site
  • “Spread the Word” section to provide information and resources to educate Americans about healthy restaurant dining and the HealthyDiningFinder site
  • Increased search-ability features

“Eating right is very important to me,” says Janet Wellington, a frequent restaurant diner, “but I just don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals for my family every night. I love HealthyDiningFinder because I know I can feel good about the choices I make when eating out, even when traveling!”

According to the National Restaurant Association, a collaborating partner in the HEALTHY DINING initiative, health and nutrition are among the hottest trends in restaurants this year. The Association’s research shows that three in four adults say they are trying to eat more healthfully in restaurants now than they did two years ago. And nearly three in 10 adults (27 percent) have gone online to search for nutrition information about restaurant food, up from 24 percent a year ago. For more information: http://www.restaurant.org/pressroom/pressrelease.cfm?ID=1726.

About HEALTHY DINING:

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, the company has worked with hundreds of restaurants and analyzed thousands of menu items for nutrient content. HealthyDiningFinder.com, the only resource of its kind, helps Americans find dietitian-approved HEALTHY DINING menu options, with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants spanning fast food to fine dining. 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.

    Contact:

    Erica Bohm
    Erica@HealthyDiningFinder.com
    (858) 541-2049

http://www.healthydiningfinder.com

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