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Michelle Obama Touts Healthier Chain-Restaurant Menus

Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday praised a move by Darden Restaurants, the operator of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze to cut calories and sodium in its meals and offer healthier options for children, calling it a “breakthrough moment” for the restaurant industry.

“Darden is doing what no restaurant company has done before,” Obama said at an event at a Maryland Olive Garden. “They’re not just making their kids’ menus healthier so that parents have more choices and more control; they’re making changes across their full menu at every single one of their restaurants throughout the country.  They’re looking at all the food they serve, and they’re asking themselves one simple question:  How can we improve the health of American families?”

Working with the Partnership for a Healthier America, the nonprofit that oversees the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, Darden has committed to reducing calories and sodium in its meals by 10 percent in the next five years and by 20 percent in the next 10.

In addition, fruits and vegetables will become the default side option on kids’ menus, replacing the ever-present French fries. Sugary sodas will also be absent from the menus going forward. Instead, 1 percent milk will be the default beverage, with free refills. Menus will also be revamped to promote the healthier choices.

Noting that Americans spend half of their food dollars at sit-down or fast-food restaurants, Obama said she can sympathize with busy families who want to eat right but just don’t have the time.
But too often, she said, kids’ meals in particular are loaded with far too many calories.

“So the bottom line is that Darden is making the healthy choice the easy choice.  And they’re making it the delicious and fun choice, too,” she said.

Orlando-based Darden is the world’s largest full-service restaurant company and owns and operates more than 1,900 restaurants that generate more than $7.5 billion in annual sales.

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Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A Reported at North Carolina Olive Garden

Paul Tearle/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- Public health officials Monday warned of the possible transmission of hepatitis A at a Fayetteville, N.C., Olive Garden.

Patrons and employees who were at the restaurant on July 25, 26, 28, 29 and 31 and Aug. 1, 2 and 8 have been been exposed to the virus from an Olive Garden employee, according to Raleigh ABC-TV affiliate WTVD.

Buck Wilson, director at the Cumberland County Public Health Department, advised that all "persons working or visiting the restaurant on these dates receive an injection of Hepatitis A immune globulin or vaccine immediately."

The health department is offering the hepatitis A vaccine to individuals exposed to the virus.  Officials say an injection must be administered immediately as infection can be prevented within 14 days of exposure.

WTVD reports that individuals may have also been exposed before July 25, and the vaccine is no longer effective in these cases.  However, these individuals should be aware of early hepatitis A symptoms such as mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dark urine, pain in the upper right abdomen, light color stools and jaundice.  Anyone experiencing these symptoms should consult a physician.

Hepatitis A is often spread through the ingestion of fecal matter from objects, food or beverages contaminated by an infected person.  Careful, frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

Questions and concerns regarding hepatitis A cases at the Fayetteville Olive Garden should be directed to the Cumberland County Health Department at 910-433-3638.

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