Fayette’s R & H Restaurant was honored again this year for healthy menu choices.
The Tri-County Heart Health Coalition of Williams, Fulton, and Henry Counties announced the 7th Annual Honor Roll of G.O.L.D. (Great Options in Lower fat Dining) Plate Restaurants Directory.
All food service establishments were mailed a survey and asked about the availability of healthier choices on their menus. The directory is the result of those restaurants that completed the survey and those whose responses met at least 80 percent of the criteria.
Criteria included allowing patrons to order their dressing/sauces/gravies served on the side; offering low fat or fat-free salad dressing; offering cholesterol-free egg substitutes/egg whites for egg dishes; offering low-fat entrees; offering reduced-fat dessert; offering low-fat milk, if milk is available; allowing patrons to order menu items prepared without salt and identifying low-fat menu choices.
Restaurants also needed to pass the health department’s sanitary inspections with no critical violations from the past year.
In the tri-county area, 35 restaurants qualified for the directory and received the GOLD Plate plaque.
In addition to R & H, Fulton County, making repeat appearances in the directory Other restaurants in Fulton County that qualified again this year include Betty’s Restaurant, Archbold; The Barn Restaurant at Sauder Village, Archbold; Subway, Delta; Mom’s Diner, Archbold; Crystal Chandelier, Wauseon; and Wendy’s, Wauseon.
Restaurants listed for the first time are The Grasshopper, El Chapulin, Wauseon; Stella Blue, Archbold; Samuel Mancinos, Archbold; Los Mariachis, Wauseon; Winchesters Restaurant, Delta; and The Ugly Duckling, Swanton.
“Educating people on the availability of healthier food options can help them make better choices when dining out,” said Candy Scribner, R.N., project director of the tri-county coalition.
Obesity is an emerging epidemic throughout the country, including Fulton County. This public health concern is related to many medical conditions and diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
“When restaurants offer patrons healthier choices, it can make an impact on the health of our county residents,” Scribner said. “These restaurants are to be commended for their efforts.”
The directory also includes a section on “Keys to Dining Lean,” which offers suggestions including:
• Look for the words “baked, broiled, roasted, or grilled” on menu item descriptions;
• Ask for salad dressings, sauces, and gravies served on the side;
• Eat with a friend and share an order;
• Ask for ketchup, mustard, or BBQ sauce on burgers and sandwiches instead of higher fat condiments such as mayonnaise and special sauces;
• Ask for whole wheat bread for sandwiches and toast;
• Avoid supersizing (which can add up to 800 extra calories).
Free copies of the directory are available at the Fulton County Health Department, G.O.L.D Plate Restaurants, local libraries and chambers of commerce.
The G.O.L.D. Plate is one of many heart health programs offered throughout the tri-county region funded by a cardiovascular health grant from the Ohio Department of Health.
Local coalitions work within their county in work site, school, community and health care settings promoting heart healthy lifestyles and addressing all risk factors for heart disease.
Other activities include sponsoring the annual “Bridging the Gap to Heart Health” 10K/5K run/walk in the fall, providing a tri-county heart health resource directory for work sites and health care settings, promoting vending machine companies that offer heart healthy choices for work sites and schools, promoting clean indoor air policy changes, providing school nutrition/physical activity programs, a walking directory of measured walking paths in Fulton County communities, and pedometer challenges.
For more information, call: in Williams County, 419/485-3141 or 419/636-4004; in Fulton County, 419/337-0915; and in Henry County, 419599-5545.