New Certified Healthy program seeks to identify healthy local restaurants

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County health officials announced Thursday they were launching a new program designed to better define and identify healthy foods and indicate restaurants that serve them. 

The Certified Healthy program provides qualifying restaurants with an added logo on their health rating cards displayed in their windows, according to Kern County Public Health Services. 

When considering whether to approve a restaurant as Certified Healthy, the health department considers “sodium content, calorie count, saturated fat, vegetarian options, and availability of fruits and vegetables,” according to its website. 

Certified Healthy restaurants have food options that “can be used to lower… chronic disease and obesity risks,” the health department said.  

Currently, four local restaurants are participating in the Certified Healthy program: Locale, Coconut Joe’s, Better Bowls, and Rio Acai Bowl. 

Other restaurants interested in applying for the program can do so on the health department’s website

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