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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Nineteen restaurant chains across the country have agreed to participate in the National Restaurant Association’s Kids Live Well initiative, which aims to combat childhood obesity.
Restaurants such as Burger King, Denny’s, IHOP, Chili’s, Friendly’s, Chevy’s and El Pollo Loco are altering their menu options for children.
At Burger King, for example, parents will now have the option of ordering milk and apples in kids’ meals instead of French fries and soda.
Eateries are required to offer at least one children’s meal that has fewer than 600 calories and does not include a soda. It must contain at least two of the following items: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.
The roughly 15,000 participating restaurants must also offer a side order that has fewer than 200 calories and less than 35 calories from sugar.