Just in time for the holiday season, Healthy Dining has launched a new mobile site that features more than 4,000 menu items served at more than 60,000 participating restaurants across the country. HealthyDiningFinder.com's database includes meals picked by registered dietitians based on qualifying nutritional criteria that emphasizes lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.
Additionally, a Kids LiveWell feature on the site provides a growing selection of healthier children's meals.
"This new mobile site makes it easy to dine out, especially during the holidays, without overindulging or feeling guilty," Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president of Healthy Dining, said in a news release. "It's hard to know how the calories, fat and sodium add up in restaurant meals. Our dietitians remove the guesswork, so you can easily find the best choices to order."
New research by Dr. Gary Bennett, associate professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Global Health at the Duke Global Health Institute, found that while 82 percent of restaurants provide calorie information on their websites, only 25 percent offer the information in a mobile-friendly format.
"Getting nutrition and calorie information once seated at the restaurant may be a step too late for those diners looking for healthier options in the midst of their busy lifestyles," Bennett said. "A seemingly small tech shift like what HealthyDiningFinder.com has done with mobile-formatting can go a long way toward improving the health of restaurant-loving Americans."
Support for the mobile site was also offered by Dr. James O. Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, and David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.
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