McLennan County releases first dining guide - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

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.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Farewell, Korea: First of 3 straight Asian Olympics ends

    Farewell, Korea: First of 3 straight Asian Olympics ends

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:39 AM EST2018-02-25 11:39:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    More >>
  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:36 AM EST2018-02-25 11:36:54 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    More >>
  • NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:36 AM EST2018-02-24 09:36:41 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 6:36 AM EST2018-02-25 11:36:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE- In this Feb. 15, 2006, file photo, BlackRock headquarters is shown in New York. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the ...

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>

    NRA faces corporate backlash after latest school shooting.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly