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Americans today spend half of their food budgets on restaurant food. In 1955, Americans spent only 25% of food budgets at restaurants (National Restaurant Association).


Obesity rates have increased dramatically among all age groups since 1970, more than quadrupling among children ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teens in the US – nearly 1 in 3 young people – are overweight or obese (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

The mission of SmartPlate is to make it easier for people who want to eat healthy to have that option be identified and available in the restaurant setting.

The idea for SmartPlate began with graduates of ThedaCare's Coronary Health Improvement Program asking where they could eat out and still stick with their health improvement goals. They had made better lifestyle choices at home, but were struggling when going to restaurants. After a few months and a lot of planning, SmartPlate is now offered in several local restaurants in Northeast Wisconsin.
 
Our partners are working with our pilot restaurants to not only analyze some delicious menu options (so you know what they are eating), but also to promote choosing those options as part of a healthier lifestyle. In addition, we're educating restaurant-goers on other ways to eat smart by asking to swap fries for steamed veggies, ordering a smaller portion (or boxing half up in advance), or choosing low-fat, low-calorie beverages.


 

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 Learn about a similar project in Central Wisconsin. The ANEWC project looks at a test and control community in regards to implementing restaurant-setting strategies.
Recently released findings and data are included: http://videos.med.wisc.edu/videos/46178 (52 min)
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Emily Dieringer Reible,
May 30, 2012, 8:38 AM