Will Fast Food Chains Make Kids’ Meals Healthier?
The National Restaurant Association challenges chains and restaurants to create healthier meals for children.
In a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. To address this alarming increase of obesity in the United States, the National Restaurant Association challenged more than 15,000 restaurants across the U.S.–Burger King, Denny’s, and IHOP, to name a few–to create healthier meals for children under the program, ‘Kids Live Well.’
To participate in the program, restaurants have to create a kids’ meal consisting of an entree, side and beverage that is under 600 calories; contains at least two servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, or low-fat dairy; and contains minimal sodium, fats and sugar . In additon, another item containing 200 calories or less (and containing at least one serving of the aforementioned requirements) has to be included.