Tri-County Diabetes Alliance Announces
Tri County Healthiest Restaurant Challenge Winners
The Tri County Diabetes Alliance is pleased to announce that SoBo’s Wine Beerstro and Market Street Inn were the 1st and 2nd place winners of theTri- County Healthiest Restaurant Challenge, respectively. The Challenge was sponsored by the Tri-County Diabetes Alliance and was held during March, National Nutrition Month. Seven local restaurants participated in the month long challenge and agreed to offer a healthy entrée option on their menu. The healthy entrée option recipe was submitted to the Alliance and was analyzed by a registered dietitian to assure it met nutritional guidelines established by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association and the National Cholesterol Education Program.
During the month of March, 35 diners chose and rated the healthy entrée option offered at the locally owned and operated restaurants. An average rating was calculated for each restaurant who received at least 10 ratings. SoBo’s Wine Beerstro had the highest average rating; Market Street Inn had the second highest rating, and each restaurant received a plaque to recognize this achievement. The Tri County Diabetes Alliance would like to give an honorable mention to all participating restaurants including Boonies Chop House and Pub, Cactus Taverna, Harvest Moon Tavern, Upper Deck, and Yum Fresh, Local Café.
Mimi Dean, Chairperson for the Tri County Diabetes Alliance states, "On behalf of the Tri County Diabetes Alliance, we would like to thank all participating restaurants for agreeing to offer a healthy entrée option on their menu. We appreciate them taking the time to create and offer an entrée that was healthy, nutritious and delicious. We also want to thank the diners for trying the healthy entrée options and for completing the diner rating cards. Healthy eating is a cornerstone for both prevention and management of diabetes."
The Tri-County Diabetes Alliance focuses on diabetes prevention and diabetes self- management education in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. Diabetes is a serious health problem in the United States with over 24 million persons having the disease and an estimated 57 million more at risk for developing the chronic health condition. Individuals can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes through adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors including participating in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and consuming a nutritious diet.