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The Healthy Dining School Rewards Program, an innovative partnership involving local restaurants designed to raise funds for school fitness and wellness programs at Poway elementary schools, has launched.  
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The Healthy Dining School Rewards Program, an innovative partnership involving local restaurants designed to raise funds for school fitness and wellness programs at Poway elementary schools, has launched. Are you ready to EAT. SCAN. PLAY? The groundbreaking EAT. SCAN. PLAY. concept, whose development is funded by the National Institutes of Health, was unveiled at a red carpet celebration and tasting event last week at Monterey Ridge Elementary School, one of the participating Poway Unified School District schools.

Several members of the Healthy Dining team, representatives of the Poway Unified School District Foundation, many district families and students, school representatives, government officials, local high school athletes, and more were on hand to launch the Healthy Dining School Rewards red carpet celebration. In addition, several participating Healthy Dining School Rewards restaurants, including Souplantation, Sombrero Mexican Food, California Pizza Kitchen and The Kebab Shop, served their dietitian-recommended Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell menu choices to attendees, launching the Healthy Dining School Rewards Program in mouth-watering style. It was a rewarding evening of food and fun – the first of many to come thanks to the EAT. SCAN. PLAY concept.

The kick-off of the new program, poised to be adopted in schools across America, was celebrated by government officials locally and nationwide. Poway Mayor Steve Vaus declared the day of the launch as “Healthy Dining School Rewards Day” in Poway. San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob declared the day as “Healthy Dining School Rewards Day” in San Diego County. Recognition for the first of its kind program has also come from the offices of California State Assembly member Brian Maienshcein, U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa and U.S. Congressman Scott Peters.

Parents and the Poway Unified School District community are encouraged to download the free Healthy Dining School Rewards App on their Apple or Android devices and use the app to find participating Healthy Dining restaurants. After they EAT at a participating restaurant, diners will SCAN the Rewards QR code as they leave the restaurant to track their fundraising visit. The money raised from this project will then enable local Poway area children to PLAY at newly funded fitness and wellness programs in the Poway school district. “We are excited to partner with Healthy Dining in launching this grassroots community initiative that supports our mission of enhancing our school fitness and wellness programs,” said John Collins, Superintendent, Poway Unified School District. “We are also thrilled to be a model for future school districts in California and nationwide as they look for innovative ways to promote the health of their students.”

Local participating restaurants include the Broken Yolk Cafe, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, El Pollo Loco, Sombrero Mexican Food, Souplantation, The Kebab Shop, and Wendy’s. Additional restaurants will continue to be added. Each of the participating restaurants serves Healthy Dining and Kids LiveWell menu choices, featured on the app, which emphasize healthful ingredients, including lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unsaturated fats.

To download the app and learn more about this revolutionary program, visit http://www.healthydiningschoolrewards.com/.

Follow Healthy Dining School Rewards on social media, using hash tags #EatScanPlay and #HealthyDiningSchoolRewards at www.Instagram.com/HealthyDiningSchoolRewards and www.Facebook.com/HealthyDiningSchoolRewards.

NOTE: Research reported here was supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 9 R44 CA192374-02A1.

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