Restaurants get “Healthy Certified”

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Some say you are what you eat, so be mindful of what you consume. Now a public health program is making that a lot easier.      

Kern County Public Health launched an initiative that is meant to help you eat healthier.

The Public Health Department is known for its inspections and letter grades. Now, they’re expanding their efforts to try and tackle problems like obesity.

“Kern County ranks 57 out of 58 counties which means we have the highest obesity levels out of all California counties with the exception of one,” said Brynn Carrigan with Kern County Public Health. “And, almost 75% of our adults here in Kern County are obese or overweight.”

The department decided it needed to help make a change.

“We needed to help our community make smarter healthier choices when they’re dining out.,” said Carrigan.

In July, the department launched Certified Healthy. This program gives qualifying restaurants a certification to stick on their window, recognizing it as a location that offers healthy options. To qualify, the restaurant must meet some criteria – their menu must include certain healthy options.

If you are  a restaurant owner interested in receiving the certification, you must meet the following qualifications: 

  • At least six menu options under 500 calories
  • Option of fruits/vegetables as a side dish or side item with meals
  • At least one salad option 
  • Whole grain bread/side option
  • At least six menu options with less than 30% of DRI of sodium (meals)
  • Meal options with less than 5g of saturated fat
  • No meals exceeding 2,000 calories
  • Offers at least five vegetarian dishes
  • Has a fish option (non-fried)
  • At least four food options containing 10g of fiber

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