Dining Guide provides nutrition information for Central Texas restaurants

POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 3:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

WACO -- 'Tis the season for new memories, and unwanted weight gain. But thanks to a new program in Central Texas it's easier to find healthy options when dining out.

"It was really just our health educators sitting down and saying well, what can we do to make it easier for people to be healthy, what can we do to remove those barriers? And eating out is so popular and it's so common that it was like, well here..." McLennan County Public Health District information officer Kelly Craine said.

Introducing the 2011 Eat Well Waco Dining Guide. Complete with calorie, fat, protein and sodium counts for many of your favorite local and chain restaurants.

"It just covers a variety of restaurants. You'll see that there are some local restaurants, there's some chain restaurants, there's fast food, there's fine dining. We tried to get a variety of restaurants where people like to eat," Crain said.

And the idea all started with a look at these stats:

37 to 40 percent of McLennan County children are overweight or obese and 63 percent of adults are overweight or obese.

To put it in perspective one third of American adults are obese, but for McLennan County over two thirds are obese according to the Center for Disease Control.

But overall, the guide is designed to shine a light on healthier options and open the door to asking about healthier alternatives at local restaurants.

"We don't have all the restaurants, and you could look at this and say well, where's my favorite restaurant? Look it up, or ask them when you go to that restaurant. Ask them and say 'I'm looking for something that's a little healthier do you know what the options are?' Most restaurants have the information available and are happy to provide it to you."

As of Monday, you can pick up your Dining Guide at local gyms and restaurants or online at:

http://www.waco-texas.com/userfiles/cms-healthdepartment/file/dining%20guide/EatWellDining%20WEB.pdf

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