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Eatsmart!: The clever way to stay healthy while enjoying tasty and healthy foods

When eating out, you might think there is a trade-off between eating healthy foods and eating tasty foods. That’s just not true when it comes to eating at local restaurants in Northeast Wisconsin. In partnership with health professionals from local organizations like ThedaCare and Affinity Health System in a community-wide initiative, some local restaurants are now highlighting menu items that will activate your taste buds without expanding your waist.

This new menu labeling project, called eatsmart!, helps you make healthy food choices and enjoy what you eat. Just as the name describes, eating smart is just a matter of figuring out what healthy and tasty options are available instead of randomly limiting certain foods.

The eatsmart! program makes it easy for you to find these options at local restaurants that have had their menus analyzed and marked accordingly. Dietitians and health professionals analyzed selected items on the menus, and chefs made changes or reduced portion sizes in order to meet eatsmart! nutritional criteria.

New FDA regulations will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts on menu items as early as next year, so many Fox Valley restaurants see eatsmart! as a way to get ahead of the game and better serve their customers. The items on their menus with the eatsmart! icons next to them are foods that you can enjoy when eating out and feel good about your health.

To check out which local restaurants are involved in eatsmart!, visit www.eatsmartwi.com.

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