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Health Trends are Spreading

February 2, 2009

A few months after the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene passed a law requiring chain restaurants to post calorie content information on their menus New Yorkers started noticing a difference in what they ordered. It now seems like other states are catching onto this healthy movement.

Last week the Indiana state health committee approved a similar bill requiring nutrition facts on signs, menus or fliers at chain restaurants. It seems that most restaurants don’t have a problem with this new law and some started posting nutrition content before this bill was approved.

Even though many restaurant owners don’t mind disclosing nutrition information, they would rather have a national law as opposed to different bills in each state. This would mean every U.S. chain restaurant would have calories, protein and sodium content listed on their menus. This change will enable everyone, and not just those in New York and Indiana, to make informed decisions about what they are putting into their bodies.

The U.S. Congress is considering passing a bill called the “Lean Act” that would require restaurants in every state to post nutrition information. At this point it would only impact chain restaurants and not local eateries, which seems like a step in the right direction. Each individual needs to take charge of their own health and the only way they can do that is if they’re equipped with the right information.

Do you know if your state health department is reviewing a similar bill?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.