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Introduction: The prevalence of sugar sweetened beverages and fried foods combined with a lack of healthy children’s menu options has contributed to the obesity epidemic among young Americans. Recent legislation in New York City and San Francisco instituted strict nutritional requirements on children’s menu items.

We performed a cross-sectional study that focused on independently owned restaurants with printed children’s menus in Vermont. We investigated the nutritional content of children’s menu items, restaurant owner and manager perspectives on customer ordering habits, and barriers that restaurants would face if they made children’s menu items healthier.


Paula Tracy, PhD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Tina Zuk, American Heart Association


American Heart Association of Vermont


Heart Disease and Stroke, Nutrition and Weight Status, Health Communication and Health Information Technology

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Vermont Restaurant Owner & Manager Perspectives on Creating Heart-Healthy Kids Meals