Mrs. Obama Applauds Olive Garden Announcement

Michelle Obama says a pledge by the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other restaurant chains to serve healthier meals is a "breakthrough moment" for the industry.

The Darden restaurant company pledged Thursday to reduce
calories and sodium by 20 percent over 10 years.

It will also make a fruit or vegetable side dish and low-fat milk standard with kids' meals.

If a child wants French fries, an adult will have to ask for them.

Darden's restaurants serve more than 400 million meals a year at
more than 1,900 locations nationwide.

Its other brands are LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.

The first lady, who is campaigning to reduce childhood obesity,
says Darden's changes could affect the health and well-being of an
entire generation of young people.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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