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Restaurants helping combat obesity, or are they?

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Restaurants to offer more-healthful fare for kids

It’s something but is it really enough?

Nineteen chains — including Burger King, Denny’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Friendly’s, Chevy’s and El Pollo Loco — have agreed to participate in the Kids Live Well initiative as worries increase about the role of fast food in childhood obesity.

French fries, slathered with ketchup and washed down with a pint of soda, are a favorite part of fast-food lunches and dinners for millions of American youngsters.

But taking a cue from nutritionists, a group of 19 restaurant companies are pledging to offer more-healthful menu options for children at a time when concern is growing over the role of fast food in childhood obesity.

Burger King, the second-largest burger chain, for instance, will stop automatically including French fries and soda in its kids’ meals starting this month, although the items will still be available.

Instead, the company said Tuesday, its employees will ask parents whether they prefer such options as milk or sliced apples before assembling the meals.

“We’re asking the customers to specify what they want,” said Craig Prusher, the chain’s vice president of government relations. Fries and soft drinks are “no longer a default decision,” he added.

The Best and Worst Restaurant Salads

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The Best and Worst Restaurant Salads

I love my salad. Every lunch it is Salad Time for me. Here is a good recap of some salads you can find at your local eatery.  I make my own for lunch most days or go to the salad bar so I can control what goes in my salad of choice. I also keep a bottle of Olive Oil and one of Balsamic Vinegar at work so I control the dressing.

That bowl of greens may not be as good for you as you think. We navigate the best and worst restaurant salads and share our top picks. By: Holley Grainger, MS, RD

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