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Fostering Healthier Choices for Dining Out

April 12, 2012

The average American adult buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week
We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” But as Americans eat more and more meals outside the home, that old saying could use an update — “You are what you eat — and where you eat.”

Dining out can be a game of nutrition roulette. What kind of oils are being used? Is the corn canned or fresh — and if it’s canned, how much salt is in there? The answers to these sorts of questions are unknown for consumers, and they could have a significant impact on public health. After all, the average American adult buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week, and more than 30 percent of children eat fast food on any given day.

The USHFC is tackling this issue head on and is filling a void in addressing the national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. By partnering with foodservice providers (restaurants, soup kitchens, cafeterias, others) as well as their suppliers, we are changing the conversation about how Americans eat. We are proud to be working together to help confront this country’s health crises — while also supporting the foodservice industry.

See how we’re doing it >>