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Healthy Kid's Menus in Restaurants

Monday, 22 March 2010

Today is our first day to revisit our four regional restaurants with nutritionist Paula Mee and our local family reviewer. Paula will chat with the owner and chef about the changes they made to their menu to make it more nutritional, taking on board the nutritional guidelines. Over the next few days we will revisit the regional restaurants with our regional family reviewers. Each of the four restaurants will receive a sticker from The Afternoon Show giving them the thumbs up that they have a healthy kid's menu. Today our first restaurant which stepped up to the challenge, and represented Ulster is Dom Breslin's Bar and restaurant in Donegal.

Today is our first visit to our regional restaurants since they worked on their kid's menus to make them nutritional. We have the first of our VT's featuring Dom Breslin's restaurant and Bar in Donegal. In studio we have the owner Geraldine Breslin, talking about the overall experience for the restaurant over the past month, the ingredient changes to the menu, the cost issues and how families mare embracing their new healthy menu.

National statistics
. 11.6% of Irish girls aged 5-12 are overweight while 13% are obese.
. 10.5% of Irish boys aged 5-12 years are overweight while 9.2% are obese.
. 40% of Irish children exceed the recommended maximum of energy intake from fat.
. 61% of children did not consume enough fibre.

. 1800 calories
. 85g sugar
. 70g fat - of which 20g saturated fat
. 4g salt

List of 6 restaurants who received stickers

1. An Seanachai Bar & Restaurant, Pulla Ring, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
2. West Restaurant at, The Twelve Hotel, Bearna Village, Co. Galway
3. Essink Restaurant, No. 2 Hibernian Way, Mallow, Co. Cork
4. Sushi King, 13-17 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
5. The Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh's Restaurant, Donegal town
6. Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, Co. Clare