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NRA Partners with eHealth on Insurance Coverage

The National Restaurant Association announced it is partnering with eHealth, Inc. to offer tools and resources to industry employees looking to find health insurance coverage.“A critical part of our work as an association is to offer solutions for our members,” says Phil Kafarakis, chief innovation & member advancement officer, NRA.

NRA’s Kids LiveWell Reaches 42,000 Locations Nationwide

In celebration of National Nutrition Month, the National Restaurant Association announced its Kids LiveWell initiative has grown to 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide.The voluntary program, which provides a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices in every state, now counts more than 145 restaurant brands as participants, including new national companies Cosi, Jamba Juice, and Rainforest Café, as well as Ovation Brands’ Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet, among other regional chains and independent restaurants.

The Shed Switches to Natural Beef

Diners looking to eat “junk free” barbeque beef can now do so at The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint courtesy of Meyer Natural Angus Beef. The restaurant with two Mississippi locations started the partnership with the country’s leading producer of humanely raised antibiotic and hormone free beef in February.

Piccadilly Restaurants Make Eating Light Delicious

Piccadilly Restaurants is proud to offer guests a complete meal–an entrée and two sides–for under 500 calories from their new Light Meals Menu.Entrées include a choice of Small Chopped Steak, Roast Beef, Grilled Fish, or Grilled Chicken.

Soyfoods Council Launches Soy Recipe Redo Contest

Soyfoods Council launched its Facebook recipe contest, the Soy Recipe Redo. To enter, simply redo your favorite recipe by incorporating soy to make it more healthful and improve its nutrition profile. Then, submit your entry on the Soyfoods Council Facebook page.

Seasonal Citrus

Though local sourcing gets all the hype, seasonal sourcing is just as important for quality, taste, and the environment. It’s easy to forget that citrus fruits—though available year round—reach their tastiest during the winter months.

TGI Fridays Offers Lighter Choices

With the ringing in of the new year, TGI Fridays announced new better for you menu items and beverages.  The two new entrée additions, Sizzling Chicken & Spinach and Sizzling Sirloin & Spinach, each under 500 calories, are big on flavor using fresh, hand-cut premium ingredients.

Applebee's Unveils New Kids Menu with More Healthy Meals

With healthful kids meals and children's nutrition remaining a top culinary trend for the new year, according to a recent report from the National Restaurant Association (NRA), Applebee's restaurants have announced a completely redesigned kids menu with 10 meals that meet the NRA's Kids LiveWell nutrition criteria and more than 650 combinations of entrees, sides, and beverages.

Chef Transforms Orlando School Cafeteria

“I have worms in my stomach,” Kevin Fonzo, owner and executive chef of farm-to-table K Restaurant & Wine Bar in Orlando, Florida, recalls a fifth grader telling him before chef Emeril Lagasse came to visit the student’s school in September.

Healthy Dining Launches New Mobile Site

Just in time for the holiday shopping and traveling season, Healthy Dining has launched 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, HealthyDiningFinder.

Smithfield Beats National Averages for Injuries

When it comes to the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses, along with days missed from work, Smithfield Foods, Inc. beat the national averages for all industries, not just the meat industry and animal production segment, according to the U.

Steviva Launches Organic Plant-Based Syrup

In response to the growing natural and clean label trends, Steviva Ingredients has developed Nectevia, an organic blend of blue agave nectar and stevia extract.Naturally water-extracted at low temperatures and mildly filtered, the organic agave nectar is blended with high-intensity steviol glycosides that boosts its sweetness, resulting in a full, pure flavor profile that is four-times sweeter than sugar.

National Restaurant Association Releases Industry Nutrition Report

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the release of its “On The Menu: Restaurant Nutrition Initiatives” report, offering insight into nutrition trends and initiatives throughout the restaurant industry, including children’s nutrition, menu labeling, and food safety training.