Today, more meals are eaten outside of the home to coordinate with increasingly busy lifestyles. Local restaurants, Be Well Berkshires, the Pittsfield Department of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Health are working together to make healthier options available when dining out locally through what is known as the Healthy Dining Program. The program creates awareness of the importance of making nutritious choices as well as the importance of restaurants offering healthy options to their patrons.
Some of the healthy options offered at these participating restaurants include:
- At least two fruit and vegetable options other than fried potatoes.
- Substitution of salad or vegetable for French fries at no extra cost.
- Low-fat, lower-calorie, lower sodium, trans fat free options designated on menu when offered.
- Low-fat milk options.
- Some smaller portion sizes, when available, for a reduced price.
The Healthy Dining Program provides benefits for the community by offering easy, accessible, and nutritional menu choices for all ages. These options improve eating habits and the overall health status of the community by reducing the risk of diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. The program gives individuals tools to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Eat at participating restaurants to join the Healthy Pittsfield movement! Look for a decal in the window of participating locations.
Participating Locations in the Pittsfield Area:
Flavours of Malaysia - 75 North Street (entrance on McKay Street)
On a Roll Café - 75 North Street, Suite 140
Bagels Too - 166 North Street
Berkshire Medical Center Cafeteria - 725 North Street
The Marketplace Café - 53 North Street
Hot Tomatoes - 542 Tyler Street
Dottie's Coffee Lounge - 444 North Street
The Highland - 100 Fenn Street
The Rainbow - 109 First Street
That's a Wrap - 132 Fenn Street
Brenda's Catering - 137 North Street
Mezzies Variety - 640 Tyler Street
Guidos Cafe - 1020 South Street
… and more to come!
For restaurant owners interested in joining the Healthy Dining Program:
As a participating location your restaurant will be recognized as supporting a healthier lifestyle. The restaurant will also be included in marketing strategies of the local Healthy Dining Program. As a participating location, your restaurant will appeal to new and returning patrons who are looking for healthy menu items. Each participating location is provided with a window decal that clearly designates that they offer healthy options which draws in new customers looking for healthy options. The Healthy Dining Program helps businesses meet the demands of increasingly health conscious customers.
Restaurants simply feature healthy menu items that are already offered or make small changes to make existing items healthier. Interested restaurant owners should contact the Pittsfield Department of Health for more information on how to get started.
For more information about the program and Mass in Motion Initiative, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at: