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Healthy Hometown program encourages menu labeling

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The local effort continues to make it easier to know what you're eating at some Louisville restaurants.  More than 30 restaurants have already signed up for Mayor Greg Fischer's Healthy Hometown menu labeling program.

Monday the Metro Department of Health and Wellness held a forum to get more restaurants signed up.  Those who participate voluntarily post their calorie counts.

Next year a new federal law will require all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post nutritional information.  Patrick Rich of Metro Health and Wellness explains, "We're hoping to increase the health of the community, as well as keep us economically competitive with all the big chains who are going to have this information available for everyone."

Restaurants that sign on to become Healthy Hometown restaurants receive financial assistance to reprint menus and menu boards.  They also get help from dieticians and chefs to analyze recipes.

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