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YMCA announces new community partnership with restaurants to combat childhood obesity

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Creating healthy habits "one bite at a time" to combat childhood obesity.

That's the goal of a new partnership between the YMCA of Dane County and the Food Fight Restaurant Group. They've come together to make it easier for families to choose healthy, great tasting food when dining out at local restaurants. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our country and on a local level. Cooking dinner at home, preparing after school snacks and having a balanced meal with fruits and veggies is not always an option for children.

Eight local restaurants have developed a set of kids' meals that reflect the healthy eating and physical activity guidelines supported by the Partnership for a Healthier America. On the menu, children can get whole grains, protein and veggies. There are no fried foods or pre-fried options.

The menus items are posted online and are available on the kids’ menus at each restaurant. A small “Y” logo has been added to approved items to make it easy for families to make healthy decisions.

“We are always looking for ways to connect and support our local community and, most importantly, we love to feed people; so this partnership with the YMCA was a natural for us,” explained Food Fight Managing Partner Joey Connaughty.

Participating restaurants include: Avenue Bar, Bassett Street Brunch Club, Craftsman Table and Tap, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Market Street Diner, Luigi's, Monty's Blue Plate Diner and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace.

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