Hot dogs and macaroni will have to wait a month.
This month, Mayor Kip Holden is working with local area restaurants, registered dieticians, the Pennington Bio-Medical Center, and Baton Rouge hospitals to introduce Eat Healthy Baton Rouge, a program initiated in March as part of National Nutrition Month.
Eat Healthy Baton Rouge focuses on the children’s menu and offers fruits and vegetables as side dishes with low-fat milk and water as drinks instead of soda. The wait staff at the restaurants will promote the healthier options.
“We’re proud of local restaurants stepping up to offer healthier options for kids and are lucky to have so many great local dietitians and nutritionists who are able to provide support to these restaurants,” Holden told DIG. “Coming together under the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiate, we can become a healthier Baton Rouge.”
Participating restaurants include: Ruffino’s, Fresh, Mestizo, Le Creole, The Little Village, MJ’s Café, Magpie Café, Nino’s, Oscar’s Pizza, Galatoire’s Bistro, Baton Rouge General and Ochsner cafeterias.
While the program is only at some local restaurants now, the hope is to expand the program to regular menus in the future. Eat Healthy Baton Rouge is part of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative which helps provide access and education to make healthy choice the easy choice at home.
What benefits do restaurants receive if they become a Healthy BR Restaurant?
• Conslutation to review kids meal options and identify choices to meet the Eat Healthy BR Guidelines (technical assistance provided by trained dietitians from the Baton Rouge Dietetic Association, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Woman’s Hospital, Ochsner Baton Rouge, and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center)
• Toolkit of helpful resources and materials
• Recognition of the participating restaurants on the Healthy BR website and on the local government channel Healthy BR program and other media/social media outlets
• Eat Healthy BR window cling displayed at the restaurant to indicate participation in the program
• Offer free gym passes at local gym for employees of healthy restaurants