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McLennan County releases first dining guide

By Adam Shear

WACO - A new study has shown that the Waco obesity rate is 31 percent in comparison to the national average of 25 percent. This issue lead the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District to create their first ever dining guide to help citizens make better choices when eating out.

The dining guide, called "Eat Well Waco", offers several tips and information for people to use when making a decision on what to order.

The guide claims that the five most healthy options in the area to dine at are D's Mediterranean Grill, Jimmy John's, Newk's Cafe, Pho Cafe Saigon, and Subway. These recommendations were based upon restaurant criteria that the district created.

The criteria included environmental health, the restaurant to require no smoking, trans fat content, nutritional information, and other menu factors.

The guide also has nutritional information for healthy food options at other local restaurants.

"Our goal is to just provide a tool guide for people to use to make it easier for people to make better choices." said Margo Shanks, a health educator for Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

"Eat Well Waco" contains several other pointers on maintaining a healthy diet while eating out. These include eating meals that are less than 750 calories and to choose fruits or non-starchy vegetables instead of french fries.

The free guides can be found at McClennan County libraries, some local gyms, at the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, and on http://www.mclennanpublichealth.org.

The statistics that prompted the dining guide were from the 2011 National County Health Rankings. The Texas state average for obesity was 27 percent.

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