Salud Tiene Sabor

A Model for Healthier Restaurants in a Latino Community

Restaurant owners voluntarily participate in a project to provide menu nutritional information—and influence healthier food choices.

A vibrant market place, Mercado La Paloma serves the South Los Angeles neighborhood where 40 percent of the residents earn less than federal poverty level, Latinos comprise 63 percent of residents, and there is a high prevalence of overweight and obesity in children.

Small business owners and public health department personnel partnered to make healthier choices available in seven restaurants at the Mercado. As part of the Salud Tiene Sabor program, restaurant menu boards presented calorie and nutrition information. In a patron survey, 33 percent reported that their purchases were influenced by the calorie information.