Online Program

Dine healthy! an all-inclusive local community restaurant program targeting low-income, non-chain restaurants in harris county, TX

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Linda Forys, EdM, MCHES, Office of Policy and Planning, Harris County Public Health, Houston, TX
Susan Seav, BA, Office of Health Education and Promotion, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, Houston, TX
Patricia Priego, MHED, MPH, Office of Public Education, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
David Hawes, MPA, East Aldine District, Houston, TX
American families are eating out more often than ever before. Today, Americans spend nearly 50% of their household food budget on meals prepared outside the home. More importantly, there is an overwhelming number of studies that link the dining out experience with obesity and other health-related issues. The Dine Healthy! Community Restaurant Program is designed to specifically motivate private, non-chain “Mom&Pop” restaurants to make and promote healthy changes to their restaurant so that dining out can be both fun and beneficial. Quantitative assessment results based on a reliable and tested Nutrition Environment Measures Survey identified non-chain restaurants in the East Aldine District of Harris County, TX to be less health-promoting than the major chain restaurants nearby. Of the 67 restaurants assessed, 32 were non-chain and on average, none of these restaurants offered a single healthy entrée on the menu. However, with the cost of nutritional analysis running upwards of $100 per recipe, these smaller dining venues have not been able to adhere to the guidelines of other existing restaurant programs – setting our program apart from the rest. With the new Dine Healthy! standards, both chain and non-chain restaurants can make small steps to a leaner East Aldine.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify one method of quantitatively assessing the nutrition environment in a community. Identify at least two potential challenges in influencing the restaurant industry in a community to take steps towards a healthier menu.

Keyword(s): Nutrition, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of the Office of Health Education and Promotion for Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services I provide consultation, leadership and direction in the development and implementation of community and evidence based health education and promotion components of HCPHES department interventions and programs. For the Dine Healthy! project I have directed, obtained resources and managed the planning, development, implementation and analysis of the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.