For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Amy Ranger, Public Health, (510) 981-7710

"EAT WELL BERKELEY" TO MAKE IT EASIER TO EAT HEALTHY WHILE EATING OUT
Innovative new program helps customers identify healthy restaurants and healthy menu items, while also offering incentives to restaurants to make healthy changes

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 12, 2007) - Feel like you can't eat out because you can't eat healthy? The City of Berkeley and Kaiser Permanente can help.

          “Eat Well Berkeley,” which launches Tuesday, October 16, identifies restaurants in Berkeley that meet healthy eating requirements and offer specific healthy menu choices. The City of Berkeley Public Health Division sponsors it with support from Kaiser Permanente Health Eating Active Living, which aims to address the obesity epidemic through partnerships that transform communities, including neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and health care settings, and to improve access to healthy foods.

What: Kick-off of Eat Well Berkeley restaurant program

Who: Mayor Tom Bates; Health Officer Dr. Linda Rudolph, M.D., Dr. Laura Morgan, MD, Kaiser Permanente, community members, restaurant operators, and Public Health staff.

When: Tuesday, October 16 12:30-1 p.m. (program begins at 12:45)

Where: Spud's Pizza, the first Eat Well Berkeley restaurant!

3290 Adeline (at Alcatraz)

To join the program, restaurants have to meet 10 health criteria, including:

·        Being completely trans-fat free, 

·        Offering a kid’s menu that includes a fruit or vegetable and does not include French fries or soda, 

·        Offering a healthy drink at a equal or lower cost to soda, and

·        Offering at least two entrees and two appetizers, side dishes or desserts that meet nutritional standards.

These “Eat Well Options” will be identified with a special logo on the menu and/or table tents. Once a restaurant is accepted into the program, they receive a window decal and are listed on the Public Health Division website and Eat Well Berkeley brochures.

Restaurants of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Even if you do not currently meet the criteria, our dietician help you figure out simple, affordable changes you can make. Restaurants can download the application and diners can learn more at www.cityofberkeley.info/eatwellberkeley or contact Amy Ranger at 981-7710 or eatwell@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

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