Thursday, November 15, 2012

Healthy Eating at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is known for catering to dietary needs and allergies, and always has healthy choices available, both at Table Service and Quick Service venues, but now making sure your kids are getting a healthy meal is even easier!

Starting with the kids menu at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland, Disney has incorporated what they call the "Mickey Check". It will start to appear on other Quick Service and Table Service menus shortly.

Part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, this tool was created to make it easier to identify nutritious choices that address family needs. In order to receive the Mickey Check, kids’ meals and other items must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines. The Disney Nutrition Guidelines align to the U. S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and focus on contributing to a nutritious diet, encouraging kid appropriate portions (with calorie criteria) and limiting nutrients to avoid (e.g. sodium, sugar, saturated fat, trans fat).

Kids’ Complete Meals include at least three of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains; or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts.

The Mickey Check will be rolled out to all menus in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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