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Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policy - Restaurant Specific

Restaurants across the country are joining the movement to go smoke and tobacco-free.  Adopting a Smoke-Free Policy ensures that patrons dining in your restaurant will be protected from secondhand smoke exposure.  Studies have also shown that going smoke-free does not hurt restaurant and bar patronage, employment, sales of profits.  Restaurant WellSpots are required to implement a Smoke-Free Policy for Level 2 designation and a Tobacco-Free Policy for Level 3 designation.  For sample policies and tips for implementing in your restaurant, visit the provided resources.



Healthy Choice Menu Options

In order to meet this benchmark, restaurants, cafes, coffee houses or bars must have at least three healthy menu options that meet Eat Fit nutrition guidelines.

Well-Ahead has partnered with Eat Fit in order to assist and support Louisiana restaurants with healthier menu choices. Eat Fit collaborates with local restaurants in New Orleans, Mandeville, Covington and Hammond to identify and develop menu items that meet certain nutritional standards without skimping on flavor. They have developed guidelines for all types of menu items including appetizers, entrees, soups, desserts, cocktails and more.

If your restaurant, café, coffee house or bar is located in an Eat Fit coverage area, we will connect you with an Eat Fit representative to either verify your healthy menu items or assist you in developing healthy menu items. If you do not live in an Eat Fit coverage area, please submit your healthy recipes to wellahead@la.gov and our in-house dietitian will verify your healthy menu options. If you have healthy menu options that have been verified by another health organization, please let us know!


Low Sodium Entree Options

Americans get most of their sodium - more than 75% - from processed and restaurant foods.1 While our bodies need a small amount of sodium to work properly, too much can increase blood pressure and risk for heart disease and stroke. Together, heart disease and stroke kill more Americans each year than any other cause.2 For this reason, we strongly encourage restaurants to offer entree options with 750mg of sodium or less.

  1. Mattes RD, Donnelly D. Relative contributions of dietary sodium sources. J Am Coll Nutr. 1991;10:383–93.
  2. Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: final data for 2009. Nat Vital Stat Rep. 2011;60(3).

Healthy Choice Options on Kids Menu

In order to meet this benchmark, restaurants should do the following:

  • Have two or more healthy choice or low calorie/fat entrees that include fruit and/or vegetables
  • Train staff to offer/promote healthy menu options to children
  • Train staff to offer low-fat milk or unsweetened beverages to children (other beverages are available at parent’s request)
  • There is no “up-charge” for alternate healthy preparation, healthy sides or different presentation

Accommodation of Dietary Restrictions

In order to meet this benchmark, restuarants may offer things like:

  • Gluten-free menu items
  • Vegan menu items
  • Pescatarian friendly menu items and meal preparation (fish, mollusk and/or crustacean offerings for those vegetarians who will eat seafood but not land animals)

ServeSafe Allergens

The ServSafe Allergens ™ online, interactive course drives home critical information your employees and managers need in order to accommodate guests with food allergies. The ServSafe Allergens online course covers such topics as identifying allergens, communication with the guest, preventing cross-contact, food labels and more.

ServSafe Allergens Online Course