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Seven Vermont Restaurants to Offer Free Healthy Kids Meals

BACKGROUND:
The American Heart Association is teaming up with seven restaurants across the state to host fun healthy kids meals events in September! Over the next few weeks, the chefs at these restaurants will be serving delicious, heart healthy free kids meals to local families.
 
These meals will meet the nutrition standards proposed in legislation (H.759)last year in Vermont that would have set a standard for any restaurant that offers Kids Meals. At each location, the first 50 kids will receive a free healthy kids meal to try and offer feedback to the restaurants. 
 
Facts:
  • Americans now spend more of their food budget on foods prepared away from home than on foods at home.
  • Children consume roughly 25 percent of their calories from eating out and eat almost twice as many calories when they eat at a restaurant as they do when they eat at home.
  • For each additional serving of soda or juice drink a child consumes per day, the child's chance of becoming overweight increases by 60%.
  • Over 60% of Vermont adults and 29% of Vermont youth are overweight or obese.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
Dine out between the hours listed. No reservations necessary. Open to the public. First 50 kids receive a free healthy kids meal.