Eat Healthy

Healthy Kids Choice

Healthy Kids Choice is a Healthy Shasta initiative to partner with restaurants in Shasta County during First 5 Shasta’s Week of the Young Child, April 2-9, 2022 to offer and promote healthy options for children. The goals of the Healthy Kids Choice program are to have healthy options available on kids’ menus, to encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables, to decrease children’s fat and sugar intake, to spotlight and promote healthier options for kids, and to assist restaurants in making the healthy choice appealing, available and affordable.

Healthy Kids Choice Restaurants Offer

At least one Healthy Kids Choice complete meal that includes all of the following:

  • Main course is a lean meat or protein prepared using a low fat cooking method
  • Side dish includes at least one of the following: fruit, vegetable, beans, or a whole grain option prepared in a low fat method
  • No sugar added beverage
  • A fruit and/or non-fried vegetable substitution for french fries at no additional charge
  • Low fat milk, water and/or 100% fruit juice as a substitution for a soft drink at no additional charge
  • Sodium ≤770mg per meal

click for printable coupon

Coupon is good during the the month of April. Each child will receive a free book with their meal compliments of First 5 Shasta!

Visit Participating Restaurants!


Damburger Kids Menu
1320 Placer Street, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 241-0136

Fat Daddy’s Gourmet BBQ

Fat Daddy’s Healthy Kids Choice Menu
942 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002, (530) 221-6270

Rita’s Kitchen

Rita’s Kitchen Kids Menu
1154 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 223-4214

Taqueria Los Gordos

Taqueria Los Gordos Healthy Kids Choice Menu
1400 Pine Street, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 242-6224

Kids Can Eat Healthy When Dining Out

  • For a lower fat option, choose foods that are steamed, broiled, baked or roasted rather than fried
  • Choose a healthy side dish such as a fruit cup or steamed vegetable rather than french fries
  • Order water or low fat milk instead of a sugar sweetened beverage
  • Ask for whole grain bread on sandwiches
  • Watch portion sizes – kids meals often come in adult size servings
  • Look for nutrition information on food items to make healthy choices
  • Be a good role model for children

Why is it Important to Provide Healthy Options at Restaurants?

  • The average American eats out 4-5 times per week
  • Children often eat twice as many calories when eating out compared to an average meal served at home
  • Only 1 in 5 children between the ages of 9 and 11 eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables every day
  • 1 in 3 low-income school-age children and teens (5-19) in Shasta County are overweight or obese
  • Overweight children and adults are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancers

Healthy Restaurant Toolkit

The Cut the Sodium but Keep the Flavor toolkit is an easy to use guide for restaurants that are interested in reducing the amount of sodium in foods to improve the health of their community. This toolkit gives background information on sodium, explains why it is a concern, and provides nine easy strategies to cut the sodium but keep the flavor.

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice at Restaurants!

For more information about Healthy Kids Choice or to become a participating Healthy Kids Choice restaurant contact Katy Dill at 530-225-5351 or

Benefits for Participating Restaurants

  • Restaurant listed on the Healthy Shasta website
  • Free publicity at Healthy Shasta events
  • Registered Dietitian available to review menu and give suggestions
  • Free nutritional analysis for Healthy Kids Choice menu items
  • Attract customers looking for restaurants that offer healthy choices for the whole family