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Kids LiveWell Program

What is the National Restaurant Association Kids LiveWell program?

The National Restaurant Association launched the Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children select healthful menu options when dining out. Restaurants that participate in the voluntary program commit to offering healthful meal items for children, with a particular focus on increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium.

The Kids LiveWell program benefits both restaurateurs and guests. Participating restaurants get third-party verification and promotional materials for qualified meals and individual menu items. Parents and caretakers get accurate information to help them make informed decisions about their child's meal.


How many restaurants are participating in the Kids LiveWell program?

Nearly 42,000 restaurant locations, including Applebee's, are part of Kids LiveWell. These restaurants offer their young guests a selection of Kids LiveWell choices. We look forward to announcing additional restaurants and menu options on a regular basis.


What nutrition criteria is a restaurant required to meet to participate in the Kids LiveWell program?

A restaurant's featured Kids LiveWell menu items must meet specific nutrition criteria recommended by leading health organizations' scientific guidelines and verified by Healthy Dining’s team of registered dietitians. Criteria are listed here and also available on Healthy Dining's website.

Kids LiveWell Nutrition Criteria for Full Kids' Meals (entrée, side option and beverage):
600 calories or less
≤ 35% of calories from total fat
≤ 10% of calories from saturated fat
< 0.5 grams trans fat (artificial trans fat only)
≤ 35% of calories from total sugars (added and naturally occurring)
≤ 770 mg of sodium
2 or more food groups (see below) 

Kids LiveWell Nutrition Criteria for Side Items:
200 calories or less
≤ 35% of calories from total fat
≤ 10% of calories from saturated fat
< 0.5 grams trans fat (artificial trans fat only)
≤ 35% of calories from total sugars (added and naturally occurring)
≤ 250 mg of sodium
1 food group (see below) 

Full meals must include two sources & sides must include one source of the following:
Fruit: > ½ cup (includes 100% juice)
Vegetable: > ½ cup
Whole grains: contains whole grains
Lean protein (skinless white meat poultry, fish/seafood, beef, pork, tofu, beans, egg): > 2 ounces meat, 1 egg or egg equivalent, 1 oz nuts/seeds/dry bean/peas (lean as defined by USDA)
Lower-fat dairy (1% or skim milk and dairy): > ½ cup (while not considered low-fat, 2% milk is allowed if included in the meal and the meal still fits the full meal criteria)