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Florida lawmakers counting calories



TALLAHASSEE — A meal from your favorite eatery may soon come with a side of calories.

Some Florida lawmakers want restaurants to put basic nutritional information on menus in a measure aimed at promoting healthier eating. The effort puts Florida at the center of a burgeoning national debate over how to halt growing obesity rates.

"We are not trying to dictate what people order, we just think there is information out there that people want to know," said Rep. Ed Homan, R-Tampa, an orthopedic surgeon who chairs the Health and Family Services Policy Council. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:25pm]


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