An unwavering commitment to offering healthy menu options led to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Sodexo offering Kids LiveWell-designated items at all museum dining locations. The award-winning Kids LiveWell program is a first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative led by the National Restaurant Association in collaboration with Healthy Dining to highlight innovative solutions that provide better-for-you menu items.
In committing to the Kids LiveWell program, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the museum's dining solutions provider, Sodexo, pledge their commitment to providing youth-oriented menu options such as grilled chicken dippers with graham crackers, fresh sliced apples and low fat milk, whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, and cheese pizza with fruit cup and 100 percent fruit juice. All of the Kids LiveWell choices align with the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines, as well as other leading public health organizations' dietary recommendations.
"Our mission to provide extraordinary learning experiences extends throughout the museum, including the food choices served to children and families," said Brian Statz, Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "Through hard work with Sodexo and our collaboration with the National Restaurant Association to bring this program to the museum, we are proud to lead the way as the first museum to join Kids LiveWell. This designation is a wonderful extension of our educational mission by helping families identify healthful menu options and further educate children about good nutritional habits."
The menu items designated as Kids LiveWell options are reviewed and approved by Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians ensuring the museum has a wide variety of items that parents can feel good about – and that kids will love!
"A year after the program's launch, Kids LiveWell continues to build momentum and expand into new venues," said Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "We are so pleased to welcome The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as our very first museum to join Kids LiveWell, and we commend the museum's strong commitment to children's nutrition and the education of families."
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' mission to offer extraordinary family learning opportunities for museum visitors includes providing information on family health initiatives throughout the museum. Opened in 2007, the Health House exhibit provides families a hands-on experience to learn about healthy food choices, the importance of active play, and other healthy choices they can make. Additionally, PlayFit active play events, sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, are provided quarterly for visiting families to participate in fun and engaging activities and learn more about ways their family can extend their learning at home and throughout the community.
Kids LiveWell aligns with the commitments in Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan, the company's journey to sustainability, which includes providing varied and balanced food options; the company also supports important programs such as the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run and Healthy School Award program, as well as a successful corporate partnership with the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obesity.