Restaurant industry’s commitment to child nutrition highlighted at White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health
Association announces eight popular national outlets committing to Kids LiveWell program, adding 45,000 new restaurants
WASHINGTON, September 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the National Restaurant Association participated in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, underscoring the industry’s commitment to expanding its nutrition initiative for children, Kids Live Well (KLW). The announcement included the commitment of seven popular national restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Chipotle, First Watch, golden corral, Silver Diner and Subway, to offer nationwide menu options that meet KLW standards. In addition to these brands, Compass Group – a foodservice support company – has committed to offering KLW meals and side dishes to select customers, including Bon Appetit Management Company, Levy Restaurants, Restaurant Associations and Wolfgang Puck Catering Division.
The industry commitment announced in conjunction with the White House Conference includes:
- Expand KLW’s reach by recruiting new restaurant chains
- Extension of KLW to catering outlets operating in museums, cultural centers and sports arenas
- Commit to promoting KLW to member restaurants, including launching a KLW resource library that incorporates healthy recipe swaps, a cookbook with pre-certified recipes, and a restaurant association toolkit of state
- Develop a new database of healthy meals for caregivers featuring KLW-approved meals at participating restaurants
- Creation of a nutrition education and training module for use in skills development programs
- Create a communication and education campaign to promote healthier options on children’s menus
“Restaurants are an extension of family dining tables. The restaurant and foodservice industry is proud to partner with parents and caregivers to provide choices that include better-for-you options for kids,” said Michelle Korsmo, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “The development of the Kids LiveWell program reinforces our investment in overall health and nutrition, and with nearly 60,000 participating restaurants, parents have more options in more places. We believe restaurants of all sizes find the value of participating in Kids LiveWell. We look forward to building on the through the commitments we made during our participation in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.”
The eight new entrants join current KLW restaurants Applebee’s, Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s, Denny’s, Firebirds, IHOP, Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse and Panda Express. The additional brands add more than 45,000 participating restaurants to the program, quadrupling the number of outlets and fulfilling the first commitment made for the White House conference.
KLW helps parents and children enjoy meal options that are better for you when dining out. It was originally created by the National Restaurant Association in 2011 as part of the industry’s commitment to providing a wider range of menu options for families. In October 2021the Association worked with Food Directions, an independent nutrition company, to launch KLW 2.0, which updates the program with current nutritional science, including the latest USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Restaurants participating in the voluntary program commit to providing healthy menus for children with an emphasis on increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products while limiting unhealthy fats. , added sugars and sodium. Each restaurant is required to have two meals and two side dishes that meet KLW criteria and a default menu drink policy that includes only water, low-fat or fat-free milk, fruit or vegetable juices 100 %.
“We are proud to be part of this historic conference that brings together industry and government to discuss the future of food policy to help address hunger and nutrition issues in our country,” said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association. “The commitments we’ve made will positively impact communities across the country by making it easier for consumers to match their family’s lifestyle and appetites when dining out.”
The 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health is the first of its kind in over 50 years. The conference focused on ways to end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 so that fewer Americans suffer from diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
About the National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the premier trade association for the restaurant industry, comprising nearly one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14.5 million employees. Along with 52 state associations, we form a network of professional organizations dedicated to serving every restaurant through outreach, education and food safety. We sponsor the largest trade show in the industry (National Restaurant Association Show); food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique high school career development program (ProStart from NRAEF). For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and Youtube.
SOURCE National Restaurant Association