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 The Informed Dining program will see participating members of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association in Manitoba display the Informed Dining logo and list details about the nutrition contents of their meals.

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The Informed Dining program will see participating members of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association in Manitoba display the Informed Dining logo and list details about the nutrition contents of their meals.

Manitoba has a new menu for smarter eating when dining out.

Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Minister Jim Rondeau unveiled the province’s new Informed Dining program today.

"Just like when choosing food in a grocery store based on the contents listed on the label, families will have information on calories, sodium and other nutrients," Rondeau said in a statement. "This will allow them to make informed and healthier choices when eating in a restaurant."

Rondeau said the new program is based on one developed in British Columbia. It will see participating members of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association in Manitoba display the Informed Dining logo and list details about the nutrition contents of their meals.

Restaurants currently offering the program in Manitoba include Subway and Boston Pizza. Other restaurants such as Dairy Queen, McDonald's and Tim Hortons are in the process of joining the program.

During the coming months, the CRFA and the provincial government will be working together to bring even more restaurants into the program, Rondeau added.

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