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Healthy Food When Dining Out: Heart-Check Meal Certification Program

Published: 10:43 am CDT, June 4, 2012

Sometimes after a hard, long day, you just want to pick up dinner on the way home. Or maybe you’re out and about running errands and won’t be home for hours when your stomach starts growling.

Most of us have been there.

We try to eat healthy. But often, the meals we eat outside our home are loaded with calories, sodium, saturated fat, and other things that can really do a number on your health.

Now, it’s getting a little easier to spot healthy food on the menu.

In our latest certification program, the Heart-Check Meal Certification, “we’re making it easy for consumers to make smart choices that are heart-healthy when eating outside the home,” said Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., president of the American Heart Association.

The first to join the program, SUBWAY® Restaurants® will receive the Heart-Check Meal Certification on all SUBWAY® FRESH FIT ® sandwich meals that include apple slices and water; all SUBWAY® FRESH FIT FOR KIDS meals that include apple slices and low-fat milk; and eight salads with Sweet Onion Dressing that includes apple slices and water.  These meals, when prepared according to guidelines and with no additional ingredients, meet the criteria regarding lowered levels of sodium, calories, cholesterol, saturated fat and trans-fat.

When you see the Heart-Check mark on the menu, you’ll know right away that the meal has been certified to meet our nutritional standards.

If you’d like more details about the program, please go to

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  • Healthy food

    Thank you Healthy food. For your great information. I am happy to read it.

    • Anung

      I have to admit that i am a very lazy person. Working out has never been a pirroity for me. But ever since i read this quote, it just dawned on me that i really have to persevere & set time to take care of my body. Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.-Earl of Derbyisn’t that just the truth?I am still lazy, but i’d rather have the time to work out than be sick..^_~

  • Jessica

    Excellent publish, very informative!!!. Heart-Check Meal Certification is a wonderful program and it benefits all. Thanks for the share.