Today, more restaurant customers want healthier food options. Healthy food is not always easy to identify on restaurant menus. To help, Congress passed a national law in 2010 requiring chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list calories on menus and menu boards.
Numerous studies link eating out with obesity. It’s a problem in Clark County, where 62% of adults are overweight or obese. Obesity can cause a variety of health conditions that kill people prematurely and drive up the cost of health care.
Healthy restaurants in Clark County
Public Health is working with restaurant owners and other community partners to create a Healthy Restaurant Program to promote healthier dining options and help consumers make healthy food and beverage choices.
An advisory group comprising restaurant owners, restaurant patrons, and community members with an interest in healthy food will meet during the first half of 2013 to design Clark County's Healthy Restaurant Program.
Popular strategies from other successful programs include promoting and reducing the prices of healthier options, automatically serving healthy side dishes with meals, and providing more low-calorie beverage choices.
As the program is developed and local restaurants sign on, this webpage will be updated. For more information, or to recommend a restaurant for the Healthy Restaurant Program, please call (360) 397-8000 or email Healthy.Here.Now@clark.wa.gov.