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Kids Live Well Initiative to help kids eat and live healthy

7:23 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --  When you take your family out to dinner, you don't always want to give your kids greasy, fried, fattening foods. Depending where you go, there's a lot of that on the menu. The National Restaurant Association is trying to change that. Hundreds of restaurants are participating in a program called Kids Live Well.

The director of nutrition for the National Restaurant Association talked to us about the program and how you determine a restaurant is participating in it.

"First thing wasn't to do is look for the kids live well logo or apple icon. The first thing I would recommend is before you go, check out healthydiningfinder.com, which lists all the participating restaurants and all the meal options. We also have an app so when you're on the go, you can find those options quickly," Joy Dubost.

You can put in your zip code or the restaurant name. The National Restaurant Association has about 2100 restaurants in the D.C. area participating and approximately 41,000 restaurants nationwide, according to Dubost.

Dubost also told us more about the meals. "The meals comprise of the entree, side and beverage. There's limits on calories, sodium, fat, sugar but also ensures there's essential nutrients there through the various food groups."

The calorie number is 600 calories or less and the progam considers  a "moderately active child," according to Dubost. 

Dubost says that restaurants can still join. "If the restaurant wants to join, they can check out restaurant.org and all the information is there. We do have a lot of restaurants like Silver Diner is participating but also the larger chains will be participating."