Healthy Dining and Welltok Partnership Brings Cognitive Computing Technology to Healthy Eating in Restaurants



Healthy Dining and Welltok Partnership Brings Cognitive Computing Technology to Healthy Eating in Restaurants

Welltok’s CaféWell Concierge app powered by IBM Watson leverages Healthy Dining data to personalize dining recommendations

Healthy Dining and Welltok Partnership Brings Cognitive Computing Technology to Healthy Eating in RestaurantsHealthy Dining, the experts in restaurant industry nutrition, and Welltok, developers of the CaféWell Health Optimization Platform that guides and incentivizes consumers to optimize their health, today announced a partnership dedicated to contributing to a healthier America.Through the collaboration, Welltok’s CaféWell Concierge app, powered by IBM Watson’s cognitive computing technology, integrates Healthy Dining’s restaurant nutrition data to provide personalized menu choices. The app recommends healthy meal options based on individual’s dietary restrictions, health needs, weight and fitness goals, or food preferences. Every menu item is validated by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians and contains healthful nutrition attributes.

“Optimal nutrition is one of the most significant factors in preventing and reversing the majority of our nation’s health conditions, like diabetes, overweight and obesity, heart disease and stroke and Alzheimer’s,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president of Healthy Dining.

“Since most Americans eat away from home an average of five times each week and it can be almost impossible to know what to order at restaurants to meet specific health needs, it is very important that wellness and condition management programs empower smart dining out choices. We applaud Welltok’s leadership in providing a new dimension to healthy restaurant dining through its groundbreaking CaféWell Concierge app.”

The CaféWell Concierge app was recently launched by Colorado-based Centura Health to support consumers who are transitioning back to everyday life after experiencing a heart condition. The Concierge app provides these consumers with personalized, on-demand guidance and rewards for choosing healthier, lower sodium dishes at local restaurants.

“The addition of Healthy Dining’s data to CaféWell Concierge provides a practical and useful application for consumers. By coupling the data with IBM Watson’s cognitive ability to understand an individual’s dietary preferences and recognize their location, we can guide them to best menu choices and support their journey to optimized health,” said Jeff Cohen, co-founder and vice president of functional architecture for Welltok.

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. HealthyDiningFinder.com features more than 4,000 menu choices from participating restaurants nationwide enabling diet- and nutrition- conscious consumers to find nutrition information and Healthy Dining options emphasizing healthful lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats. HealthyDiningFinder.com also features a Kids LiveWell platform, a program developed by the National Restaurant Association to help parents find restaurants offering healthier meals for children. With 25 years of nutrition-related expertise in the restaurant industry and hundreds of thousands of restaurant recipes analyzed for nutrient content, Healthy Dining is the most experienced restaurant nutrition services provider in the world. Follow Healthy Dining on Twitter @DineOutHealthy.

Welltok, Inc. is fundamentally transforming the way population health managers partner with consumers to optimize their health and get rewarded. Its groundbreaking CaféWell Health Optimization Platform organizes the growing spectrum of health and condition management programs, apps and digital tracking devices. The platform, accessible via web and mobile, drives engagement by providing personalized guidance and leveraging social, gaming and cognitive technologies. Welltok’s novel approach increases revenue, improves operational efficiency and drives healthcare value. Follow Welltok on Twitter @Welltok.