Where’s Jim King eating?
Find out in upcoming issues of the County Post West.
Jim King is teaming up with the Waupaca Eating Smart Program and will be eating in “WES-approved restaurants.” His experiences at those restaurants will then appear in the local newspaper.
Readers will learn which of the bundled meals he ordered.
“We’re hoping it generates interest,” said Bev Hall, coordinator for the Waupaca County NuAct (Nutrition/Activity) Coalition.
NuAct formed in 2003 after poor nutrition and inactivity surfaced as health concerns in Waupaca County. The eating smart program was launched on Oct. 18.
Called “WES” for short, it is a local effort to help people make food choices at restaurants that are both nutritious and delicious.
The participating restaurants are Waupaca Woods Restaurant, Waupaca Ale House, Cronies, Sisters Fine Deli, TW Martin’s Public House, Weasels and Culvers.
Between now and the end of June, King will visit each of those restaurants two times.
All seven of these restaurants have WES featured entrees that have less than 700 calories when paired with a suggested side dish.
Hall pointed out that the program is just taking place in Waupaca, which means that those who visit a Culvers elsewhere will not see WES there but will now know what to ask for when looking for menu options.
To take part in WES, the restaurants agreed to add more fruit and vegetables to their entrees and side dishes, to offer some full meals with 700 calories or less and to consider updating some recipes to reduce total calories, fat or portion size.
While many menu options will remain unchanged, consumers will be able to see some of the items that fit the healthier WES criteria on the menus. Customers will also be reminded about the WES program by restaurant staff, signs and table tents.
Waupaca Eating Smart is a partnership between the Waupaca County NuACT Coalition, the Department of Health Services and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
The second phase of the program, which will involve area grocery and convenience stores, is set to begin soon.
“It’s about general health,” Hall said. “It’s meant to be a change of life.”
And by using the local talent of King, they will make it a community-wide campaign.
“Where will he be eating this week?” she asks.
Watch for flyers posted throughout the community and follow the County Post West. Also check out Waupaca Eating Smart on Facebook. Visit its blog site at www.waupacaeatingsmart.wordpress.com.