now offers a pulled chicken sandwich with one side that could include a light cuke salad, corn or pinto beans. And it's even now got the official Healthy Northborough Potato, a baked potato with low-fat sour cream and green onions.
It's one of eight food establishments in Northborough that has signed on to take part in the Building a Healthy Northborough initiative, which has been driven by the health department.
"More and more diners are asking for, and expecting, healthy options," said Health Agent Jamie Terry, who presented plaques to the participating restaurants at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday night. "We're fortunate that in Northborough, restaurants owners and managers are responding and offering lighter and healthier food options."
Terry said that while eight restaurants have officially signed on to take part, 15 are "interested." A completely voluntary action, she said she expects others to eventually participate.
Those restaurants that offer these Building a Healthy Northborough choices have signs in their doorways or windows, and also table cards indicating the choices and their nutritional information.
Other restaurants that are participating include , which has an English muffin, low-fat blueberry muffin and a multigrain bagel on its menu. 's got a few options on its menu, and ncludes a Mediterranean chicken wrap.
"Monti's is in the process of making an entire section of healthy options," said Terry.
has a salad topped with roasted chicken breast, as well as a chicken vegetable soup with noodles. They, too, are "looking to add more items." has countless items that meet the standards, and the Bistro 119 at the, too, is taking part.
The Board of Selectmen, too, approved the acceptance of a grant for $60,000 issued to the public health department from Mass. in Motion to fund initiatives to combat childhood obesity, promote activity and offer healthy options.
Terry reported that this is the first time, according to statistics, that children may live an unhealthier and shorter life than their parents. The obesity rate in some age groups has tripled.
There is also a Building a Healthy Northborough newsletter available at all the schools, the library and the town hall, and a new website is coming soon. On Valentine Road, 30 community gardens are maintained, also the result of this initiative, and the department is looking into creating informational signs to post at parks and other recreational facilities.
"We work with a lot of people on this," said Terry. "It's hard to mention them all. We work with the DPW, the food pantry, the Boy Scouts ... it's one of the happy parts of my job."