The news of the day is that we are headed toward an obesity rate of 42 percent by 2030. We can't afford to go there! So perhaps it's time to recall that the best way to predict the future... is to create it. We need to create a different future than this -- and that means fixing what's broken.
Gertrude Stein famously said "A difference, to be a difference, must make a difference." I'm with her! And for that reason, I tend to spend a lot more of my time -- and focus a lot more of my effort and attention -- to where the rubber hits the road than to the ivory tower.
When it comes to nutrition and the monumental influence it has on our health, the rubber hits the road wherever people and food come together. Kitchens and cafeterias. Schools and workplaces. Supermarkets and restaurants.
I like to think I am making some contributions there; I am certainly trying. But today, I am delighted to acknowledge some of the excellent work being done to engage with restaurants and promote healthy eating there, courtesy of my friends at Healthy Dining.
Healthy Dining is a California-based organization comprised of a team of registered dietitians and master's-level health, nutrition and communications professionals. The team works with restaurants nationwide, spanning fast food to fine dining, to help promote greater selections of calorically-balanced menu choices emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Small Business Innovative Research program, Healthy Dining developed an ehealth tool representing a one-of-a-kind restaurant nutrition search engine, HealthyDiningFinder.com.