Based on a follow-up survey given to customers at various
points throughout the implemented program:
- Customers appreciated the reminders to eat healthy.
- The table signs remained noticed 70% of the time.
- Customers' ordering behavior was influenced 34% of
- Customers reported that their ordering behavior
changes often included smaller portion sizes, healthier
salad dressing and main course choices, and the addition
of a side salad.
- Those who were attempting to
lose weight were more likely to utilize the signs when
deciding what to order.
Interviews with restaurant owners and wait staff showed
that the program and study measures did not disturb or
negatively impact the restaurant's atmosphere or
The CDC lists the Rural Restaurant Healthy Options
Program as a
Prevention Research Center Tool Showing Evidence of
For more detailed program results:
Nothwehr, F., Haines, H., Chrisman, M., & Schultz, U.
Dissemination of a Rural, Non-Chain Restaurant
Intervention: Adoption, Implementation and
Maintenance. Health Education Research,
Nothwehr, F.K., Snetselaar, L., Dawson, J., & Schultz, U.
Healthy Choices in Non-Chain Restaurants: Effects of a
Simple Cue to Customers. Health Promotion
Practice, 14(1), 132-138.
Nothwehr, F., Snetselaar, L., Dawson, J.D., Hradek, C., &
Sepulveda, M. (2010). Healthy
Option Preferences of Rural Restaurant Customers.
Health Promotion Practice, 11(6), 828-836.