Healthy Dining today announced that its signature website and premier restaurant search engine,, received a Merit Award in the website category of the 14th annual Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health Awards. 

This is the second Web Health Award for, a bronze award winner in the “Health Promotion” category in 2009. The HIRC Web Health Awards recognize the nation’s best digital health resources. 

“It is an honor to receive this Web Health Award, and we are thrilled that HIRC is recognizing's contribution as a top digital health resource,” says Anita Jones-Mueller, MPH, founder and president of Healthy Dining. is the only online resource that offers Americans nutrition information for dietitian-approved Healthy Dining menu choices served at restaurants, from fast food to fine dining. The site also provides inspirational and educational nutrition content, recipes, blogs, e-newsletters, and other dining-out and nutrition-related information. 

Additionally, recently was recognized by Yahoo! Web Life as a top site for dining out healthfully in a TODAY Show segment on “smart technology for eating healthy.”

Jones-Mueller expressed appreciation to Healthy Dining’s participating restaurants featured on the site for their leadership and proactive efforts in joining the Healthy Dining initiative and offering their customers dietitian-approved Healthy Dining choices.

Since the Healthy Dining Program launched nationwide five years ago, the number of restaurants offering Healthy Dining-approved choices has grown steadily from 60 companies to close to 400 companies. And the number of Healthy Dining-approved choices has grown by more than 1500 percent, from about 225 in 2007 to close to 3,500 qualifying menu choices now.

“This means that the industry as a whole is increasing access to and availability of healthier options. And that is a huge leap forward for public health!” says Jones-Mueller.

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