Healthy Dining | Kids LiveWell Program

This July, the National Restaurant Association partnered with Healthy Dining to form Kids LiveWell.  This is a new program that highlights meals available at participating restaurants that are considered healthy meals for children.  The healthy meals will have an apple icon next to the item, in order to alert parents to healthy meal options available for their children.

In order for a meal to be consider a healthy option in the program, it must contain: * a beverage, * 600 calories or less, * less than 35% calories from fat, * less than 10% calories from saturated fat, * less than 0.5 grams trans fat, & * less than 35% of calories from sugar, & * less than 770 milligrams sodium.

Participation in the Kids LiveWell program is voluntary.  Participating "inaugural" restaurants include Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Burgerville, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chevy's, Chili's Grill & Bar Restaurant, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, El Pollo Loco, Friendly's, IHOP, Joe's Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery, & zpizza.  The Healthy Dining company states more restaurants are expected to join with an expanding list of healthy dining options for children.

If you click the restaurant logos on the Healthy Dining website, the nutritional values of foods are listed.  

Update: 9/16/19:

It seems the Kids LiveWell Program has been cancelled.  I can no longer find any updates regarding this program.  However, in 2017, Forbes released an article, "Voluntary Initiative Fails to Improve Restaurant Children's Menus."  It appears that as a result, the National Restaurat Asociation has cancelled this program.


Early Diagnosis Lazy Eye Helps Vision

Amblyopia, common referred to as lazy eye, is an eye whose vision is diminished.  As a result, the brain begins to favor the "good" eye; it ignores the vision from the lazy eye.  As a result, vision in the lazy eye progressively worsens and could lead to blindness in the lazy eye.  Early detection is crucial.  Once the diagnosis is made, the lazy eye can be strengthened either by patching the "good" eye, thereby forcing the brain to use the lazy eye or through the use of corrective lens or glasses.  If detected early, the brain will adapt and vision will improve.  If not caught by about 7 years old, the vision learning centers in the brain do not mature.  Therefore, the weaker "lazy" eye stays with diminished vision forever.  Simply put, if you don't use it, you lose it.

A recent multi-study review showed that with treatment, vision gains are significantly greater in children that were between 3 and 7 years old than those that were between 7 and 13 years old.  The younger a child is diagnosed and treated, the greater the vision gain. However, it is interesting to note that the multi-study review also revealed that there are some vision gains with treatment beyond age 7.

For more information about multi-study review regarding amblyopia or lazy eye vision problems, please go to http://reut.rs/nKo31m.

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