The Healthy Dearborn Foods team members had a strategy to create a healthy restaurant project in order to
increase the number of restaurants offering healthy dining options
Raise awareness among people who go out that healthy foods can be good for you, fun and delicious.
Student interns help carry out Healthy Dearborn initiatives. A student intern researched healthy restaurant projects implemented across the country. She developed criteria and awards categories of gold, silver and bronze. The criteria were vetted by a Beaumont registered dietitian as well as Sam Abbas who owns a restaurant that is the gold standard for healthy restaurants. We wanted him to tell us if the criteria were realistic for other restaurateurs to achieve.
We screened restaurants by reviewing menus online and then calling them up to discuss the criteria and project with them. We identified 13 restaurants that were eligible to receive our Healthy Restaurant awards.