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The National Restaurant Association announced that Sysco Corporation will serve as the sole distribution partner of the Kids LiveWell program, which was launched in 2011.

"Sysco's commitment to the Kids LiveWell program and nutrition overall means families will have even greater access to an expanding number of healthful menu options for children," said Joan McGlockton, vice president, Industry Affairs and Food Policy, NRA.

As the program's exclusive distribution partner, Sysco will create innovative recipes to offer to independent restaurant operators nationwide.

"Sysco is assuming a larger leadership role in the area of healthier eating, especially as it relates to our children," said Bill Goetz, senior vice president of Marketing for Sysco Corporation. "We established a platform to help our customers meet the growing demand for nutritious and 'good-for-you' foods and recipes to incorporate into their menu offerings."

As with all Kids LiveWell menu items, Sysco's recipes will meet nutrition criteria based on leading health organizations' scientific recommendations, including the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The recipes will be validated by Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians.

Currently, the Kids LiveWell program includes more than 135 restaurant brands representing more than 40,000 locations nationwide.

Read more about health and nutrition initiatives.

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