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City Partners With Local Restaurants To Encourage Healthier Menus

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is hoping to help solve the city's obesity epidemic one meal out at a time. They've just launched a new program that will incentivize restaurants to offer healthier meals and portions on their menus.

Considering the average family eats out at least four times per week, the County is hoping this makes a significant dent in our city's obesity epidemic. Currently it's estimated that 23% of residents are considered obese.

Saysthe Times:

To be part of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program, places must offer smaller portion sizes and healthier children's meals with less fried food and more fruits and vegetables. In return, the department will promote the restaurants and post large decals in their windows. The county will also list the participants on an interactive map at ChooseHealthLA.com. The county is also beginning an advertising campaign promoting the restaurant partnership.

So far the 600 some-odd Subway locations have jumped on board, as have Poquito Mas, Roman's Pizza, Lido di Manhattan Ristorante and Deano's Gourmet Pizza.
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Hopefully this initiative will be more successful than our school lunches.