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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Restaurant Association will distribute consumer educational materials to dozens of the nation's leading youth organizations through its partnership with America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth, which was founded by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
The materials, titled Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle, promote balance and moderation in diet and physical activity, and were positively reviewed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"The restaurant industry is the cornerstone of community involvement, with many restaurants supporting youth activities in local communities across the country," said Steven C. Anderson, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "The National Restaurant Association is now combining this commitment with the industry's longstanding commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles. The key to healthy living is balance and moderation in diet and physical activity, and with the help of America's Promise and its partners, Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle will be an important tool to help young people learn about this issue in a fun, easy way."
America's Promise is a network mobilizing individuals from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of youth by fulfilling Five Promises: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, marketable skills, and opportunities to serve.
Organizations that will be offered the brochure are some of America's Promise's key partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, YMCA and YWCA, and Boy Scouts of America. The Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle brochure is available to the public at the Association's Web site www.restaurant.org.
Anderson said that while 76 percent of meals are eaten at home, when consumers do dine in one of the nation's 870,000 restaurants, there are myriad menu options from which to choose -- all of which can fit into a healthy lifestyle. Three Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle is one of many sensible solutions to the complex issue of overweight and obesity among some Americans.