National Restaurant Association Announces Expanded Partnership with Healthy Dining



National Restaurant Association Announces Expanded Partnership with Healthy DiningOn the heels of FDA’s recent menu labeling announcement, NRA and Healthy Dining renew collaboration

The National Restaurant Association announced today the renewal and expansion of its partnership with Healthy Dining, the California-based company that has been at the forefront of restaurant nutrition for more than twenty years.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Healthy Dining, which has already provided a wealth of nutritional knowledge to our membership and the customers they serve each day,” said Joan McGlockton, NRA’s vice president of industry affairs and food policy. “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. We look forward to working with Healthy Dining to provide the tools restaurants need as they offer nutritional information to the American consumer.”

“Now that the menu labeling rules have been finalized, Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians is ready to guide restaurants through every step of the process, from accurate nutrient analysis, to following the FDA’s rules for presentation of calories on the menu and additional information upon request, to training management and staff, to meeting guests’ needs and requests,” said Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president of Healthy Dining. “Like never before, nutrition is on the hearts, minds and appetites of the consumer, and it is our passion to partner with restaurants and help them to prosper in this nutrition-focused era.”

As part of its expanded partnership, National Restaurant Association and State Restaurant Association member restaurants are entitled to a 20 percent discount on nutrition services and/or to join the Healthy Dining Program and/or Kids LiveWell Program. To contact Healthy Dining directly e-mail Erica Bohm, vice president of Healthy Dining at Erica@HealthyDiningFinder.com, 858.541.2049 x7112.

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 25 years 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.

“Our expanded partnership solidifies NRA and Healthy Dining’s commitment to collaborate and contribute to a healthier America by providing the public with an online, growing resource to empower Americans to find participating restaurants,” said McGlockton.

Healthy Dining provides Americans with digital tools and resources to find the best restaurant choices for their dietary goals and healthy lifestyles. President and founder Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, launched Healthy Dining by combining the brainpower and creativity of chefs, restaurateurs, health experts, registered dietitians and communication strategists. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, the Healthy Dining Program has grown to become the most powerful restaurant industry nutrition initiative in the nation. Healthy Dining’s signature website, HealthyDiningFinder.com, enables millions of nutrition-conscious restaurant diners, as well as those dealing with diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other nutrition-related conditions, to easily find dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining choices served at restaurants coast to coast. The site is publicized by influential partners including the American Heart Association, Produce for Better Health, the Whole Grains Council and many others dedicated to supporting healthier eating. Additionally, Healthy Dining has been selected by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a variety of restaurant nutrition-related research projects. For more information, please contact Deborah Lawrence, Deb@HealthyDiningFinder.com, 760.809.2622.

National Restaurant Association Announces Expanded Partnership with Healthy DiningFounded 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 and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.