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April 26, 2016

Dining Out? Make Healthy Menu Selections

Eat Healthy

American families now spend as much as 50 percent of their food budget on meals away from home.

All this restaurant fare comes at a greater cost than what appears on the bill or is left in servers’ tips – harm to children’s health.

The obesity rate among kids and teens has skyrocketed right alongside rates of eating out.

And while fast food gets most of the blame, sit-down dining establishments shouldn’t be overlooked. Both add extra calories and sugary beverages to kids’ diets, a new study finds.

Reducing the Damage

You don’t have to ban diners or drive-­thrus. Smart choices can keep your family eating healthy at almost any establishment. Here’s how:

  • Skip all-you-can-eat buffets. Everyone is more likely to overeat there.
  • Take a family walk before or after a restaurant meal.
  • Choose eateries with calorie counts on the menu, or scope out nutrition information online before you go.
  • When you’re dining together with your kids, set an example. Order a salad or pick grilled foods over fried.