WelL-Ahead LOuisiana and Ochsner Eat Fit Partner to encourage healthy Choices at RESTAURANTS
Well-Ahead Louisiana and Ochsner Eat Fit are joining efforts to help Louisiana residents keep their healthy 2018 resolutions all year long. Louisiana has some of the best restaurants in the world, combined with a culture that loves to dine out with family and friends. Restaurants can, and should, play a role in moving the health of our state forward.
Eat Fit is a team of registered dietitians that collaborate with restaurant owners and chefs to identify and develop dishes that meet healthy nutrition standards. Offering healthy choices in restaurants can improve nutrition literacy and help manage and prevent chronic disease. When a restaurant WellSpot is Eat Fit designated, it offers healthy menu items that are low in calories, sodium, added sugar and animal-based saturated fat. Restaurant WellSpots also meet additional wellness benchmarks like providing prediabetes and heart health self-assessment tools to their employees or implementing a smoke-free policy.
Currently, there are 204 restaurants in Louisiana that have been designated as WellSpots and of those, 111 are Eat Fit designated. These restaurants serve a range of delicious cuisine – Italian, American, Mexican, and seafood and more! Some of the best known WellSpot and Eat Fit designated restaurants are Reginelli’s, Zea and PJ’s Coffee!
Did You Know?
Today, the average American household spends nearly half of their food budget on dining out. Foods prepared at restaurants contain more calories per meal, more total fat and saturated fat per calorie, and less fiber compared to food prepared at home. 1
Louisiana’s obesity rate is 35.5%. Our state is ranked 50th in overall health 2
MOVING LOUISIANA'S HEALTH FORWARD
Click here to find a restaurant WellSpot near you! Restaurants can, and should, play a role in moving the health of our state forward. Encourage your favorite restaurants to become Eat Fit and WellSpot designated. Together, we can ensure that our residents have the opportunity to make healthy choices when they dine out. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
1. Business Insider Report
2. America’s Health Rankings, 2017 Annual Report