Kicks off Summer with Unique, Interactive Promotion to Celebrate Eating and Living Well

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy, healthy and fun with’s “Summerlicious Challenge.”  The award-winning website has launched a four-week summer promotion to offer health-conscious Americans – and anybody who enjoys dining out (and, frankly, who doesn’t?) – several chances to win deliciously delightful prizes. Each week, participants will complete an easy healthy eating “Challenge” and then be entered to win restaurant gift cards ranging from $50 to the grand prize of $200, redeemable at any HEALTHY DINING restaurant of the winner’s choice.

“There is no better season to celebrate healthy eating than summer, and is excited to provide a fun and interactive way to promote eating and living well,” said Nicole Quartuccio Ring, R.D., HEALTHY DINING’s Director of Restaurant and Community Partnerships. “Through this special promotion, we also want to showcase the myriad HEALTHY DINING restaurants across the country, from fast food to fine dining, where Americans can enjoy delicious and nutritious menu items that accommodate their dietary preferences.”

How the “Summerlicious Challenge” works:

HEALTHY DINING’s website visitors, Facebook and Twitter fans and followers complete a challenge each week and are entered into a drawing for one of several HEALTHY DINING restaurant rewards. The weekly challenge activities include:

  • Week 1:  Super-Duper-Dish-Decoder – Take a fun quiz to reveal your HEALTHY DINING eating profile and see if you are a Whole Grain Wonder, a Produce Pro, or a Lean Mean Protein Machine.
  • Week 2:  Napkin Note Tips – Write on a (disposable/paper) napkin a favorite tip or trick to eating healthfully when dining out and post a photo of your “Napkin Nutrition Note” on Facebook/Twitter.
  • Week 3:  Dine Out – Try a menu item at a HEALTHY DINING-approved restaurant and take a photo or video to share your dining experience.
  • Week 4:  Share – Send a video, picture or written piece on how has helped you eat better and live a healthier lifestyle.

A weekly winner will be randomly selected from the entries submitted. Weekly challenge submission deadline dates and full contest details are outlined on and its Facebook page.

Ring noted that with the interactive component to share photos, videos and personal experiences, the “Summerlicious Challenge” provides a great way to learn about restaurants that one might not have been familiar with – especially giving summer travelers insights on HEALTHY DINING restaurants in other cities or states. Additionally, it provides inspiration for those who may feel challenged to eat out at restaurants when they are trying to stick to a diet or lifestyle regimen.  “We are excited about the potential of this interactive approach in helping healthy diners and food lovers to learn new and beneficial ideas for maintaining a balanced lifestyle, while still enjoying one of America’s favorite activities – dining out,” added Ring.

For more information about the “Summerlicious Challenge” or HEALTHY DINING, visit


Since 1990, HEALTHY DINING’s culinary nutrition experts have been guiding and inspiring chefs and restaurateurs to create and serve a selection of HEALTHY DINING menu options. A leader in restaurant nutrition, the company works with hundreds of restaurants and has analyzed thousands of menu items for nutrient content. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, HEALTHY DINING leads the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative. Through, the only resource of its kind, Americans can find dietitian-approved, HEALTHY DINING menu options and view corresponding nutrient information (calories, fat, etc.) for restaurants that span fast food to fine dining, coast to coast. 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 e-health tool.

Katharine Kim
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