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With a mission of being a healthy and satisfying alternative to traditional fast food, Samurai Sam’s® Teriyaki Grill is a proud Healthy Dining restaurant partner. Over a dozen of their nutritious menu options are featured on

Frullati Café & Bakery,® a Healthy Dining restaurant partner, is proud to be a fresh, home-style alternative to fast food. Over a dozen of the restaurant’s healthy menu items – from gourmet sandwiches and salads to their signature real-fruit smoothies – are featured on

New research shows that consumers scored menu items that were modified to reduce amounts of high calorie, saturated fat and/or sodium ingredients similar to or better than their respective original versions.
Salata – the next generation salad bar – has been selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians to be featured on

Idaho Pizza Company, a Healthy Dining restaurant partner featured on, is dishing out tasty and nutritious food.

Healthy and tropical food make for a delicious pairing at Mangos Restaurant & Tiki Bar, a Healthy Dining restaurant partner featured on

Offering guests high quality, healthy food is a priority for Sub Station II, a Healthy Dining restaurant partner featured on

Healthy Dining is in high gear with the announcement of the “Two Wheels/Smart Meals” summer promotion designed to spotlight its one-of-a-kind online tool, HealthyDiningFinder.

Extreme Pita, a Healthy Dining restaurant partner featured on, is proud to offer Healthy Dining-approved pitas, salads and kids’ options. Coming soon: their new Extreme Entrées, considered a “more substantial alternative to the pita,” made fresh in-store and include sautéed vegetables, protein, a seven-grain rice blend and salad. 

Tired of not celebrating Cinco de Mayo because health is never on the menu? That’s changing because Sombrero Mexican Food has paired up with Healthy Dining Finder to make Mexican meals tasty and healthy, too.

Every day and on Easter, Arooga’s dishes up fresh & nutritious choices, chosen by Healthy Dining’s dietitians.

California-based Healthy Dining expands innovative SchooLicious! Program, contributing
to healthier generations of U.S. school children, families and communities.

Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with personalized search for menu choices based on calories, sodium, fat, protein, carbs, saturated fat and fiber

A Healthy Dining restaurant partner featured on, Denny’s is serving up healthy food at every meal. The restaurant is proud to offer nutritious meals for both adults and kids.

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a Healthy Dining restaurant partner, is celebrating 30 years of California-inspired food, including its legendary pizzas. CPK, which is approaching 300 restaurants in 217 cities and 15 countries, has over 20 good-for-you menu items featured on 
My Fit Foods™, a leading producer and retailer of freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced, flavorful meals, today announced its partnership with Healthy Dining, a team of culinary dietitians, restaurant nutrition experts and creators of

Healthy Dining's culinary dietians offering one-on-one complimentary nutrition consultations to restaurants in anticipation of FDA menu labeling compliance deadline affecting 25,000 restaurant chains.

Nutritious diner menu choices, as selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians.

Former CEO and Chairman of Darden Restaurants, Inc., brings his business and leadership expertise to America’s first ever B2B and B2C restaurant nutrition digital health company.

Eight healthy pizzas and sandwiches selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians

Deborah Shaw Lawrence, Healthy Dining's Director of Public Relations, received The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest chapter's SilverCircle Award for her 25+ Year Career

Dozens of tasty and nutritious menu items approved by Healthy Dining’s dietitians

Nationwide locations feature 30 menu choices from Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians


Award winning initiative developed by National Restaurant Association now includes 155 Healthy Dining restaurant partner

Tasty and affordable menu choices selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians

Healthy Dining’s registered dietitian says restaurant has “impressive nutritional profile”

Over a dozen healthy menu choices selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians

Welltok’s CaféWell Concierge app powered by IBM Watson leverages Healthy Dining data
to personalize dining recommendations

Green restaurant is committed to healthy choices, as selected by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians

Guest-edited by First Lady Michelle Obama, the July-August 2015 MORE magazine is on newsstands this week, featuring Anita Jones-Mueller, M.P.H., president and founder of San Diego-based Healthy Dining. Jones-Mueller was chosen to be included in MORE’s “Women Working Wonders” feature about five “crusaders” who are “working wonders” to make an impact on “giant barriers” facing this generation of children.

Eating healthy and menu labeling are big topics at this year’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, and Healthy Dining, the California-based company that has been at the forefront of restaurant nutrition for more than two decades, will be there to guide restaurants through the new menu labeling regulations. This legislation requires – for the first time ever – restaurants with 20 or more locations to print calories on menus and menu boards and provide ten additional nutrients, including sodium, saturated fat and carbs, onsite at every location in the U.S. by December 1, 2015.

Celebrating a lighter, brighter and fresher Cinco de Mayo at Rubio’s Coastal Grill is easy with 17 menu choices recommended by Healthy Dining at 193 Rubio’s locations on the West Coast. Healthy Dining’s expert team of dietitians identifies menu choices that emphasize lean protein, vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats. The most experienced restaurant nutrition services provider in the world, Healthy Dining features thousands of tasty and nutritious recommendations on

Toast to your health on Cinco de Mayo at San Diego’s favorite family of fine Mexican food restaurants, celebrating more than two decades as a partner of Healthy Dining. San Diego favorites Casa de Bandini, Casa de Pico, Casa Guadalajara and Casa Sol y Mar have made preparing and serving healthy Mexican food a priority with menu choices featured on

One of Healthy Dining’s newest partners, America’s Incredible Pizza Co., is dishing up mouthwatering and good-for-you meals, proving that eating well and feeling right can in fact be all fun and games – without the guilt.

Healthy Dining restaurant partner Muscle Maker Grill is a rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant franchise which promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering a nutritious alternative to traditional dishes – without sacrificing the taste. This restaurant definitely lives up to its motto of “Great Food with Your Health in Mind.”

Popular teriyaki grill boasts whole grain rice and a variety of vegetables for healthy options at restaurants nationwide.

San Diego-based Healthy Dining is teaming up with the Poway Unified School District Foundation to launch Healthy Dining School Rewards, an innovative partnership with local restaurants to raise funds for school fitness and wellness programs at Poway elementary schools. The groundbreaking EAT. SCAN. PLAY. concept, whose development is funded by the National Institutes of Health, will be unveiled at a red carpet celebration and tasting event TODAY at 4:30 p.m. at Monterey Ridge Elementary School, 17117 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA, 92127.

California-based Healthy Dining announced the addition of Barry Siegel as its new Director of Industry Partnerships. With more than twenty-five years of key industry experience in marketing and brand management, Siegel’s integral role will be to significantly expand the scope of national, regional and local restaurant brands the company serves.

bd’s Mongolian Grill is continuing to expand its popular fire-grilled menu, bringing fresh and nutritious stir-fry menu choices to each of its locations across the United States. With restaurants in Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, bd’s features menu options hand-picked by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians.

Cowboy Chicken is dishing up several flavorful and lighter platters, sandwiches and salads incorporating lean proteins and vegetables now featured on

The National Restaurant Association announced today the renewal and expansion of its partnership with Healthy Dining, the California-based company that has been at the forefront of restaurant nutrition for more than twenty years.

Today, California-based Healthy Dining announced the addition of two information technology professionals to the company’s repertoire of experts. Steve Palmer and Alex Kang will further the development of Healthy Dining’s new software and digital platforms which are slated to revolutionize “eating” and how Americans personalize dietary recommendations and track nutrients, especially related to dining out, for optimal health.

Frullati Café & Bakery™ features its signature real-fruit chillers plus gourmet salads and sandwiches on Frullati’s serves its Healthy Dining menu choices at locations in Arkansas, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

TooJay’s Gourmet Deli is dishing up flavorful and lighter sandwiches, salads, and wraps incorporating lean proteins and vegetables on  “TooJay’s Gourmet Deli boasts a menu of traditional delicatessen foods with a healthy twist,” said Rachael Derr, R.D., culinary dietitian for Healthy Dining. “From their Portobello Mushroom stack to their Roasted Vegetable Salad, TooJay’s offers high quality, nutritious food for all!”

Healthy Dining restaurant partner The Blue Pacific Grill has introduced its new customizable, heart-healthy stir-fry options in Ohio, marking its next chapter in providing nutritious choices when dining out.  The Blue Pacific Signature Shrimp is just one of the new menu choices recommended by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians, who worked closely with the Perrysburg restaurant to hand-pick the best menu options that meet Healthy Dining’s nutrition criteria and emphasize lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

Known for offering the largest selection of certified organic fruits and vegetables in Orange County, Calif., Mother’s Market & Kitchen announced today that it is partnering with Healthy Dining.

Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, is now dishing up its mouthwatering and good-for-you specialty burgers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

San Diego-based Healthy Dining was recently honored with a second-place award for its web and mobile site,, at the San Diego Press Club’s 41st annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. The ceremony, which each year bestows the region’s most prestigious awards in journalism, was held at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

California-based El Pollo Loco the nations’ leading fire-grilled restaurant chain is expanding in the Houston area, bringing fresh and nutritious Healthy Dining Mexican food menu choices to Bayou city.

Finding nutritious, fresh and tasty sandwiches, soups and salads in Northern California is easy at Healthy Dining’s restaurant partner, Erik’s DeliCafé. With 33 locations, Erik’s DeliCafé features delicious, dietitian-recommended menu options on that also meet specific nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, Piccadilly Restaurants, is dishing up fresh homestyle meals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. Seafood Gumbo is one of many menu choices recommended by Healthy Dining’s dietitians that meet specific nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, founder and president of California-based Healthy Dining, will join Food News Media in honoring restaurant leaders who have made exceptional strides in upholding “Healthy, Active Lifestyles” at the inaugural 2014 HALO Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Atlanta.

Today Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, Genghis Grill, the largest “build-your-own-stir-fry” chain in the United States, debuts its dietitian-recommended menu choices on Simultaneously, Genghis Grill is unveiling video vignettes highlighting athletes’ favorite Genghis Grill meals. Larry North, healthy living fitness expert, and Marcus Haley, super heavyweight bodybuilding champion, are two of many professional athletes serving up their favorite Genghis Grill combinations to demonstrate how they optimize nutrition for peak performance. 

Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, founder and president of California-based Healthy Dining, has been invited to participate in MediFuture 2024, the “Convocation of Innovators” focused on transforming the healthcare system to a patient-centered, consumer-driven, value based model for the future. The event will be held Sept. 16-18 in Tampa, Florida.

Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, rQ! Barbecue in Shorewood, IL, is dishing up flavorful barbecue with a fresher and healthier perspective. Already known as innovators of fresh, healthy barbecue options, rQ! Barbecue now offers menu choices recommended by Healthy Dining’s dietitians that meet specific nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 8, 2014) — Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, founder and president of California-based Healthy Dining, has been invited to participate in TEDMED 2014, the prestigious annual gathering of health and medical leaders from around the world. The event will be held Sept. 10-12 in two host cities – Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Jones-Mueller will attend the San Francisco conference, to be held at The Palace of Fine Arts.

Finding healthy, fresh and delicious menu choices in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Texas is easier than ever at Healthy Dining’s restaurant partner, Kolache Factory. With 48 locations, Kolache Factory features dietitian-recommended menu options on that meet nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 25, 2014) — Finding fresh and flavorful healthy menu choices that will satisfy your cravings for Mexican food is more convenient than ever, thanks to Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, Cotixan Mexican and Seafood Restaurants. With two locations in Chula Vista, CA, Cotixan features menu options handpicked by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians that meet nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

Finding healthy menu choices that also taste great is more convenient than ever at one of Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partners, Idaho Pizza Company. With 15 locations in Idaho, Idaho Pizza features dietitian-recommended menu options that meet nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats – hand-picked by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians.

Finding healthy, fresh and delicious menu options in Louisiana, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington and Virginia is now easier than ever at Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, Naked Pizza. With nine locations in the United States, Naked Pizza features dietitian-recommended menu choices that meet nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats – hand-picked by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians.

The National Restaurant Association’s groundbreaking Kids LiveWell program is celebrating its three-year anniversary this July, the association announced today. The voluntary program, which provides a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices, has grown from 19 to 150 participating restaurant brands, representing more than 42,000 locations nationwide. The initiative includes quickservice and tableservice concepts among national companies, regional chains and independent restaurants, as well as theme parks, resorts and museums.

Finding healthy menu choices is easier and more convenient than ever at Healthy Dining’s newest restaurant partner, Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster Street, Oakland, CA, 94612. Spice Monkey features dietitian-recommended menu choices that meet nutrition criteria emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats – hand-picked by Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians.

New research led by San Diego’s Healthy Dining and funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reveals that restaurant consumers accept, and in most cases even prefer, menu choices that were reduced in sodium content. Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians and research team reduced salt and other high-sodium ingredients in several popular menu items at four large restaurant chains and tested the menu items with 1,200 frequent restaurant customers.

Finding Healthy Dining menu choices is easier and more convenient than ever at more than 40 California Tortilla locations in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. A brand new Healthy Dining partner, California Tortilla, features fresh and made-to-order award-winning signature burritos, quesadillas, salads, and other reimagined Mexican favorites. 

As restaurants nationwide will soon face FDA pressure to reduce sodium levels, as announced by the federal agency this week, Healthy Dining president and founder, Anita Jones-Mueller praises the many Healthy Dining restaurants that already participate in the exclusive Healthy Dining Sodium Savvy program.

Eating healthier when dining out around San Antonio, Texas, is easier and more convenient than ever at four Papouli’s Greek Grill locations. Papouli’s features both Healthy Dining dietitian-recommended menu options and Kids LiveWell® choices.

Finding Healthy Dining menu choices is easier and more convenient than ever at two Flancer’s Incredible Sandwiches and Pizza® locations in Arizona.  A brand new Healthy Dining partner, Flancer’s features both Healthy Dining dietitian-recommended menu options and Kids LiveWell® choices. 

Finding Healthy Dining menu choices is easier and more convenient than ever at 57 Quaker Steak & Lube® locations nationwide. A Healthy Dining partner for three years, Quaker Steak & Lube® features both Healthy Dining dietitian-recommended menu options and Kids LiveWell® choices on its award-winning menu. Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians have worked closely with Quaker Steak & Lube® to hand pick the best menu choices that meet nutrition criteria and emphasize lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

San Diego, CA  -  Healthy Dining, the nation’s leading nutrition experts for the restaurant industry and the nutrition partner of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), will be featured at the 2014 NRA Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® held in Chicago May 17-20. In collaboration with the NRA, Healthy Dining leads the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative, featuring restaurants coast-to-coast – from fast food to fine dining – and their dietitian-approved Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell® choices.

Inspiration for a healthy Mother’s Day celebration is as easy as logging onto Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Mom’s special day, features thousands of dietitian recommended Healthy Dining menu choices served at popular restaurants nationwide.’s mobile site also makes finding healthy Mother’s Day restaurant choices more convenient than ever. 

Today Healthy Dining and several of Healthy Dining’s restaurant partners will join the Whole Grain Council’s annual Whole Grain Sampling Day (WGSD). Along with the participating restaurants, a medley of other foodservice entities including grocery stores, schools, workplaces and universities will also be participating nationwide. This celebration will give Americans the delicious opportunity to sample and taste the wonderful flavors of whole grains.

Healthy Dining announces 1,000+ New Restaurant Locations with Dietitian-Recommended Choices. From independent neighborhood favorites to well-known national chains, Healthy Dining’s registered dietitians work closely with restaurants to hand pick the best menu choices that meet nutrition criteria and emphasize lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month, which President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared in 1964 due to the “staggering physical and economic loss” associated with cardiovascular diseases. While significant progress has been made in the fight against cardiovascular diseases, thanks in large part to cutting-edge research funded by the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Americans today, just as it was in LBJ’s time.

SAN DIEGO, CA (February 25, 2014) — Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, founder and president of California-based Healthy Dining, will share her expertise during the Produce for Health Conference at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center, College Station, Texas on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Jones-Mueller will join several of the nation’s leading food industry experts as they discuss the latest findings on the connections between fruit and vegetable consumption and medical advances.  She will also address how the restaurant industry is currently adding fruits and vegetables to their menu options, benefiting public health. The national conference marks the 20th anniversary of Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center.

Just in time for the holiday shopping and traveling season, Healthy Dining launches a new mobile site that makes finding Healthy Dining options easier and more convenient than ever.Featuring more than 4,000 menu items served at more than 60,000 participating restaurants across the nation, arms users with the most comprehensive database of healthy meals handpicked by registered dietitians based on qualifying nutrition criteria that emphasize lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

Healthy Dining, the company behind the largest-ever restaurant industry initiative focused on nutrition, announces the addition of five new experts to the team in order to enhance the mission of making it easy to eat healthier when eating out.  The undeniable intersection of restaurant nutrition and digital health in the midst of growing consumer interest in nutrition, as well as upcoming menu labeling legislation, new gluten-free standards and heightened awareness of food allergies make the timing of these additions critically important. 

Healthy Dining announces the appointment of a new Board Member, Jose Mallabo, to join the existing board of thought leaders all converging to bring integrated expertise to the mission of helping Americans eat healthier when dining out.

The University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) is teaming up with HEALTHY DINING to help Coloradans make healthier choices when they eat in restaurants. The new program is called HEALTHY DINING IN COLORADO. More than 40 restaurant companies with 300 locations are already participating in Colorado. Restaurants will offer a selection of dietitian verified menu items for kids and adults emphasizing lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

(Philadelphia, PA) – Restaurants all across the country, from fast food to fine dining, have been working to offer healthier menu choices for guests.  Now, more than 15 local restaurants in Philadelphia have joined the over 400 restaurant brands currently participating in the Healthy Dining Program to showcase their dietitian-approved menu items for their guests.

(San Diego, Calif.)  As the restaurant industry continues to demonstrate its proactive commitment to meeting consumer demand for healthier options and addressing issues related to obesity, menu labeling, sodium reduction and gluten-free and allergen identification, Healthy Dining today announced the expansion of its Culinary Nutrition Services team to support the industry’s efforts.  Four new registered dietitians (RDs) have joined the Healthy Dining team:  Joan Rupp, MS, RD; Elizabeth (Zabel) Shaw, MS, RD; Anjali Patel, MPH, RD; and Jenny Sears, RD.

(San Diego, CA)  Healthy Dining today joined the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking Kids LiveWell initiative.  The celebration also marks the additional milestone of the program reaching more than 100 restaurant brands participating in the innovative, voluntary nutrition program that promotes dietitian-approved menu choices for America’s youngest diners and families.

Summertime…and the livin’ is easy, healthy and fun with’s “Summerlicious Challenge.”  The award-winning website has launched a four-week summer promotion to offer health-conscious Americans – and anybody who enjoys dining out (and, frankly, who doesn't?) – several chances to win deliciously delightful prizes. Each week, participants will complete an easy healthy eating “Challenge” and then be entered to win restaurant gift cards ranging from $50 to the grand prize of $200, redeemable at any Healthy Dining restaurant of the winner’s choice.

Healthy Dining today announced that its signature website and premier restaurant search engine,, received a Merit Award in the website category of the 14th annual Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health Awards.  This is the second Web Health Award for – a Bronze award winner in the “Health Promotion” category in 2009. The HIRC Web Health Awards recognize the nation’s best digital health resources. 

(Chicago, IL) – HEALTHY DINING today joined the National Restaurant Association in announcing that its joint groundbreaking initiative, Kids LiveWellSM, has quadrupled to 96 brands the number of participating restaurant companies now offering approved kids’ menu choices. The announcement was made at a press event at the Association’s annual Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in McCormick Place. On the previous day, former U.S. President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address and praised the restaurant industry’s efforts in addressing the issue of childhood obesity, recognizing the positive effects of such initiatives as Kids LiveWell.

(San Diego, CA) – Making sense of all the often conflicting information on healthy eating  and what foods are considered best can be overwhelming for health-conscious Americans looking for simple solutions to eating and living well. –Yahoo! Web Life’s top pick for the best website and app for eating healthier when dining out – makes finding restaurants and dietitian-approved menu choices easy.  The signature website of California-based Healthy Dining, along with its mobile site and the yumPower iPhone app,  was featured earlier this week on NBC’s TODAY Show in a segment titled “Small Steps to a Healthier You,” spotlighting Yahoo! Web Life’s top picks for using technology to eat healthier.

(San Diego, CA) – Restaurant nutrition consulting and marketing firm and National Restaurant Association (NRA) partner Healthy Dining will be exhibiting at the annual NRA Show, May 5-8, 2012, at Booth #7275, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The California-based company will showcase its comprehensive and exclusive suite of nutrition services, including: nutrient analysis, allergen/gluten identification, recipe consultation, and nutrition-related marketing, as well as its premier restaurant search engine, to operators looking to boost their competitive edge and prosper in this health-and-wellness focused environment. 

(Ontario, Calif.) – Healthy Dining, the California-based restaurant nutrition marketing and consulting company best known for its premier restaurant search engine, showcased a variety of Healthy Dining-approved choices on the menus of some of California’s most popular restaurants at the annual California Dietetic Association (CDA) Conference.  Hundreds of dietitians attending the conference were treated to a Tasting Extravaganza at the opening night reception held at the Ontario Convention Center.

Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, Healthy Dining’s Founder and CEO, recently joined other industry executives and health professionals in panel discussions on the national health threat of obesity at two conferences – the Marketing Disease Prevention and Awareness’s (MDPA) “Communicating Childhood Obesity Prevention” conference and the National Press Foundation’s “Obesity Issues 2012” program.

(San Diego, CA) – Spring has sprung, and it’s around this time that Americans are reassessing and ramping up their New Year’s diet and fitness goals to make sure they’re ready for Spring Break, the upcoming swimsuit season and other outdoor sports and activities.  Eating and living well are essential to maintaining those health and wellness goals, and  offers helpful – and healthful – solutions to enjoying dining out, without the guilt of breaking the diet regimen.

(San Diego) – In its continuing efforts to contribute to a healthier America, Healthy Dining today announced the rollout of a groundbreaking research-based initiative, the “Healthy Dining School Wellness Rewards Program,” designed to contribute to the health and well-being of America’s children and families. The new “Wellness Rewards Program” will raise money, through Healthy Dining’s restaurant partners, to help schools fund much-needed playground and PE equipment, garden programs, nutrition education and other wellness initiatives.

Jackson, Miss., January 25, 2012 -- The following remarks were made by Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, president and founder of Healthy Dining today at a press conference kicking off "Eat Heathy Mississippi" -- a restaurant nutrition program launched in partnership with the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association:

The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association (MHRA) today unveiled a groundbreaking statewide initiative called “Eat Healthy Mississippi” that aims to make great strides in helping Mississippi remove its status as the “fattest state in the nation."

One-of-its-kind, nutrition resource perfect companion to help health-conscious recover from holiday ‘feastivities’, get back on track with 2012 weight-loss goals.

Now easier than ever to watch calories, eat healthier during holiday season or anytime, anywhere; site includes menu choices at fast food to fine dining locations.

The Palm Restaurant, best known as the see-and-be-seen, celebrity and power-dining restaurant in New York, Los Angeles and other major metropolitan cities across the globe, is also famous for being one of the country’s best steakhouses.  Today, Healthy Dining and The Palm Restaurant announce their partnership to prove that there is much more beyond the typical steak-and-potatoes meal available on the Palm’s menu for health-conscious guests.

Hold the fries, pass the carrot sticks. Beginning today, kids will find some cool new choices on their restaurant menus — choices that will make their parents happy, too. More than 15,000 restaurants in the USA representing 19 chains, including Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Chili's, Denny's and IHOP, are participating in a voluntary new initiative called Kids LiveWell.

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 LiveWell initiative as worries increase about the role of fast food in childhood obesity.

Today, Healthy Dining announced the new “Kids LiveWell” platform located on This first-ever of its kind guide provides parents and children with a resource to find restaurants offering a selection of children’s menu choices that meet the “Kids LiveWell” criteria. The “Kids LiveWell” program, developed by the National Restaurant Association, in collaboration with Healthy Dining, was unveiled today at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The restaurant industry seems to be responding to a growing chorus of concerned voices questioning its role in the childhood obesity epidemic. The National Restaurant Association, in collaboration with Healthy Dining, today unveiled a nationwide initiative, "Kids LiveWell," that provides parents and children with healthier food and beverage selections when dining out.

Anita Jones-Mueller is founder and president of a San Diego company that helps consumers have fewer regrets when eating out. She also runs a website that directs people to restaurants with low-calories menu items.

"What's for dinner?" You know the question is coming, but that doesn't make it any easier to plan a healthy dinner day after day. If you need help putting a nutritious meal on the table (or taking your family out for one), look no further than the websites below. From crafting a weekly meal plan and getting ideas about how to cook with seasonal produce to locating chain restaurants with good-for-you options, these websites have everything you need.

GLENDALE, CA, Nov 10, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- IHOP, one of America's favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has joined Healthy Dining, an innovative program with an online resource that makes it quick and easy for guests to find healthy options while eating out. Available now at, guests can find twelve dietitian-approved IHOP menu items to meet their nutrition needs.

San Diego, CA – September 8, 2010 – HEALTHY DINING, along with American Express and the National Restaurant Association, announce the launch of 'Restaurant Nutrition: News & Insights for the Foodservice Industry.' This free online resource is filled with strategies and 'how-tos' for the most pressing nutrition issues affecting the industry today. Topics include complying with new menu labeling regulations, reducing sodium, calories and fat, improving the healthfulness of kids' meals, offering a gluten free menu, and capitalizing on the growing wellness trends. The new resource is located at both and Selected content will be featured on

August 13, 2010 - Schlotzsky's, home of The Original® round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, has joined HEALTHY DINING and the online resource, taking a giant step forward on the healthy eating trend that is quickly gaining national momentum.

SAN DIEGO, CA August 12, 2010 – On Sunday, August 15, 2010, nutrition pioneer Healthy Dining, in collaboration with Reed Exhibition Companies, producers of the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, offer the "Healthy Dining Afternoon of Education and Networking," a mix of education sessions and networking opportunities focusing on the pressing industry-related nutrition issues. Additionally, restaurants will be able to sign a 'Healthy Dining' pledge representing a commitment to make one or more of the "Seven Simple Steps toward Healthier Dining," the first ever industry pledge to enable Californians to dine more healthfully at restaurants.

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 03, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to transparency and choice in helping guests meet their individual nutritional goals, Darden Restaurants announced today that it has joined Healthy Dining and the online resource

(Washington, D.C.) – The National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining today announced an expanded partnership to promote the restaurant industry’s proactive efforts in offering healthier cuisine as featured on, the only resource of its kind. helps consumers find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu options, with corresponding nutrient information, served at restaurants spanning quickservice to upscale dining.

(Washington, D.C.) Members of the National Restaurant Association now have access to a best-in-class suite of nutrition-analysis providers at discounted rates to help them plan and enhance their menus. The Association has partnered with FoodCALC, Healthy Dining, and Silliker to offer valuable, personalized services to restaurants of all types.

SAN DIEGO (March 30, 2010) – HEALTHY DINING, the nation's most experienced group of restaurant nutrition experts, recently expanded its program, welcoming McDonald's to the largest ever restaurant nutrition initiative. Developed with partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), HEALTHY DINING includes thousands of dietitian-approved meal choices through its free online resource, and features more than 70,000 U.S. restaurant locations spanning quick service to upscale dining. Consumers can now find 15 McDonald's menu items on

(San Diego, CA) One year ago, Healthy Dining and Smart Business Services (publishers of Chinese Restaurant News and Asian Restaurant News) together launched a groundbreaking initiative to assist the nation's Chinese and Asian restaurants in identifying, analyzing and publicizing their healthier choices. Today, more than 100 Chinese and Asian restaurants are participating in the Healthy Dining Program and are featured on Healthy Dining's signature website, At this site, health-conscious diners nationwide can find dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining choices at participating restaurant locations near their homes or workplaces – and view corresponding nutrition information (calories, fat, fiber, etc.). The site features many popular chain restaurants that span fast food to upscale dining, including Chili's, Boston Market, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Au Bon Pain.

Health Information Resource Center Recognizes Best Web-Based Health-Related Content
(San Diego, CA) Healthy Dining announces the acceptance of the prestigious Bronze Web Health Award from the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) under the category of "Health Promotion" website. This award program recognizes "the best Web-based health-related content for consumers and professionals." The HIRC is the organization that provides a "seal of quality" for electronic health information.

Offering Dietitian-Approved Healthy Dining Menu Choices and Nutrition Information
(San Diego, CA) Leading the largest-ever restaurant nutrition initiative, Healthy Dining announces the addition of several new restaurants to its already diverse selection of restaurant locations offering dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu choices.

6/10/2009 Offers Hundreds of Lower Calorie Restaurant Options
(San Diego, CA) Whether you are counting calories, watching fat grams or dieting for bathing suit season – there's good news! Dining out can be a delicious part of a healthy lifestyle with With just a few clicks, the online resource offers nutrition-conscious restaurant diners a wide variety of dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu options served at more than 60,000 restaurant locations throughout the nation, spanning fast food to upscale dining.

5/13/2009 Allows for 'Sort by Sodium Values'
(San Diego, CA) Don't despair! Even though some meals are higher in sodium, offers restaurant diners a valuable resource for finding dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu options served at more than 60,000 restaurant locations throughout the nation. Many of the restaurants featured on the site offer menu options with sodium values below 600 mg. for a full meal. In collaboration with the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the Healthy Dining Program is the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative.

(San Diego, CA) Four hundred dietitians attending the California Dietetic Association’s (CDA) annual conference will be treated to a “Tasting Extravaganza” featuring samples of Healthy Dining options served at The Old Spaghetti Factory, El Pollo Loco, Panera Bread, Quiznos Subs, Straw Hat Pizza and Pita Pit.

Chili's Grill and Bar invited Healthy Dining's director of nutrition, Nicole Quartuccio, RD, to star in a satellite media tour to launch Chili's new line of "Guiltless Grill" menu items. Twenty five television channels and radio stations across the country interviewed Nicole about Nicole emphasized how great-tasting and colorful the healthier options, like those served at Chili's, can be.

(Washington, D.C.) California-based Healthy Dining and the National Restaurant Association today announced the launch of the expanded and redesigned Web site and online resource. New features on the site, which helps consumers find healthful menu items at 60,000 restaurant locations nationwide, include easier navigation, expanded nutrition information, enhanced functionality and new components, including a blog.

New, Enhanced Site to Be Launched March 4, 2009: Just in Time to Celebrate National Nutrition Month
SAN DIEGO, CA (February 20, 2009) – Erica Bohm, M.S., Healthy Dining's Vice President, announces the official unveiling of the new, enhanced HealthyDiningFinder website, slated for March 4, 2009. "Rapidly growing consumer and restaurant industry demand for Healthy Dining menu options has propelled Healthy Dining's team to expand the features and accessibility of the online resource, making it easier for Americans to enjoy dining out with health, taste and value in mind," Bohm stated.

Ten Blimpie Menu Items Added to List of Better for You Dining Out Options
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (February 19, 2009) (BLIMPIE) -- Making health conscious decisions about food just became easier and tastier now that Blimpie Subs and Salads has partnered with Since the start of the new year, 10 Blimpie menu items have been certified as nutritionally sound by Healthy Dining Finder's registered dietitians and nutrition professionals.

Industry Experts Guide Strategic Direction
SAN DIEGO, CA (December 10, 2008) – Healthy Dining, the nation's most experienced provider of nutrition services for the restaurant industry, announces the creation of a new Board of Directors, whose members have a history of strong leadership success in the restaurant, food, and hospitality industries. "Healthy Dining's new board members bring a wealth of restaurant industry knowledge and strategic expertise, as we continue growing our client base, currently representing nearly 60,000 restaurant locations," states Anita Jones-Mueller, Healthy Dining's founder and President.

And Benefit From the Increasing Demand for Healthier Cuisine
Legislation travels from New York City to California

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 22, 2008) – As expanding legislative efforts require restaurant chains in California and other jurisdictions to provide nutrition information, Healthy Dining provides restaurants with the expertise needed to comply with the new regulations. Additionally, in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association and with partial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthy Dining leads the largest-ever restaurant industry nutrition initiative to help consumers easily identify healthier menu options at more than 55,000 restaurant locations nationwide. 

FLAVOR Experience Conference – Loews Coronado Bay Resort Tuesday, August 5, 2008
SAN DIEGO, CA (July 28, 2008) – As the demand for healthier options continues to gain momentum within the restaurant industry, the 4th Annual restaurant industry 'FLAVOR Experience' will offer restaurateurs attending from throughout the nation:"Flavor – with a Healthy Twist – from Quick Service to Upscale Dining." This session is designed to educate restaurateurs on how they can contribute to public health nutrition efforts by creating and promoting Healthy Dining options. Experts in the industry will provide strategies to help restaurants develop high-flavor, high-nutrient cuisine.

Healthy Dining's Vice President Erica Bohm Joined Rick Bayless and Other Industry Experts
SAN DIEGO, CA (May 20, 2008) – A panel of experts provided 'The Hottest Trends in Healthy Dining' today at the National Restaurant Association's annual show in Chicago. With a room filled to capacity, seminar attendees discovered how their restaurants can jump on the hottest healthy food trends to attract new guests and increase customer satisfaction. Celebrity chef Rick Bayless and nutrition expert Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, described how tantalizing, high flavor 'super-foods' enhance health AND promote customer loyalty.

Receives prestigious award from American Dietetic Association
SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2008) – Today, Nicole Quartuccio, R.D., Healthy Dining's Director of Nutrition, was awarded The American Dietetic Association's (ADA) prestigious "Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year" award for 2008. Dietitians receiving this honor have demonstrated leadership qualities and performance in legislation, research, public relations, education, community outreach, management, and other areas related to the profession. Their contributions on the job and in the community have merited this recognition.

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 8, 2008) – A growing number of Americans are trying to slim down or follow a healthy lifestyle. Recognizing that dining out presents a major challenge for so many, restaurants across the country are teaming up with the Healthy Dining Program and its signature website Red Lobster, On the Border, Pollo Tropical, Quiznos and Cousins Subs have recently joined the more than 55,000 restaurant locations featured in the program, launched nationwide just one year ago.

SAN DIEGO, CA (January 7, 2008) – Calorie-conscious, health-minded Americans who love to eat out have a new ally to support them in following through with New Year's resolutions., provides access to nutrition information about healthier choices at a growing number of restaurants nationwide. More than 50,000 restaurants from fast food to upscale dining establishments currently participate. Site visitors "search" for participating restaurants by specifying location, desired price range, and availability of take-out, delivery, and catering. The site, developed by health and nutrition experts, also offers e-newsletters, recipes, nutrition tips and more.

3/14/2007 and Restaurant Industry Partners to Provide New Resource for Consumers Seeking Healthier Restaurant Options
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 14, 2007 – California-based Healthy Dining and the National Restaurant Association today unveiled, a resource to help Americans more easily identify nutritious choices served at nearly 30,000 popular restaurant locations in all 50 states, including P.F. Chang's, Buca di Beppo, Chili's, Au Bon Pain and Burger King. Restaurants nationwide have been increasing their healthy menu options, and now is helping consumers find these options.

Unveils New Restaurant Nutrition Web Site – – at 2005 Show
(Chicago, Ill.) The National Restaurant Association and the California-based Healthy Dining program are teaming up in an unprecedented effort aimed at enabling diners to more easily identify healthful choices at restaurants nationwide. This new nutrition initiative – being unveiled at this year's National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held May 21-24, at McCormick Place in Chicago – features a Web site,, through which consumers will be able to search for restaurants that provide nutritious options, based on criteria such as zip code, type of cuisine and/or price range.

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