At KC Healthy Kids, we are dedicated to creating a healthier community through healthy eating and active living in the Kansas City region. We are also dedicated to growing our local food system, building a healthy economy and protecting our natural resources. This is why we are very excited to announce our newest initiative, Carrot Gold, aimed at promoting local foods, sustainable practices and healthy choices at restaurants and institutional cafeterias.
Carrot Gold asks restaurants and cafeterias to meet a minimum requirement of our best practices in the areas of local, sustainable and health. When our partners meet these best practices, and commit to continue them for one year, we reward them by recognizing and championing their business through marketing campaigns and the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition. As a Carrot Gold partner, these organizations are held up as champions of local, sustainable and health in our community.
The USDA estimates that Americans eat nearly 45 percent of our meals outside of the home. Meals away from home have been found to be higher in calories and fats while lower in nutrients like calcium, iron and fiber. This contributes to a potentially major public health problem, but also an opportunity for restaurants and cafeterias to respond in a way that can help improve the health of our citizens. We hope that Carrot Gold will help restaurants find ways to promote healthy outcomes for their customers while maintaining their unique business models.
Even though restaurants and cafeterias aren’t required to provide nutritional data on their menus, many of our participants already offer meals that are healthy and delicious.
We encourage our Carrot Gold partners to point those out to their customers, because we believe that empowering people with dietary knowledge, both through direct education and through our partner restaurants and cafeterias, will help them make healthier choices more often.
The Carrot Gold program boasts some great partners in the Kansas City region including Eden Alley Vegetarian Cafe, The Sundry Kitchen and Market, Little Freshie, Whole Foods Grocery Stores, Hallmark Cards, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Johnson County Community College, and others. It’s through the hard work of these partners that we are able to have an impact on the health of so many Kansas Citians. We thank all of our partners for their work and look forward to working with them in the future to create a healthier region.
Please visit our website for more information: http://www.kchealthykids.org/program/carrot-gold/
You may also contact Carrot Gold Program Manager, Matt Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org