Eating Away from Home

Remember to make healthy choices when eating out. Here are tips to guide you during your next visit to a restaurant:



A soup or salad as an appetizer 

A high-fat appetizer

Put half of your meal in a take-home box 

Finish your plate even if you are full

Ask for salad dressing on the side 

Ask for extra dressing

Steamed, grilled, baked or broiled foods 

Pan-fried, crispy or creamy foods

A grilled chicken sandwich 

A fried crispy chicken sandwich

A sandwich with a lot of vegetables 

A sandwich with a lot of cheese and bacon

A baked potato 


Add salsa and/or low-fat cottage cheese to your baked potato 

Add sour cream and butter to your baked potato

Meals filled with vegetables 

Meals filled with gravies or butter sauces

Ask the server to bring bread and butter only once 

Let your server keep refilling bread throughout the meal

Order a fruit cup or sherbet for dessert. 

Order a slice of cake


Early Morning Meals:

  • Order whole-grain toast or bagels with jam or low-fat cream cheese.
  • Choose whole fruit or a fruit cup.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fresh fruit.
  • Look for whole-grain cereals and fat-free milk.

A Healthy Taste of Italy

  • Choose whole-grain pasta and bread when possible.
  • When ordering a pizza, ask for lots vegetables as toppings.
  • Choose marinara sauce over a butter or cream sauce.

Fiesta Favorites

  • Do not ask the server for tortilla chip refills.
  • Order a taco salads without the shell.
  • Ask for low-fat sour cream and salsa to flavor your meal.

latest news

  •  Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) works with partners around the region to make it safer and easier for people to be physically active. Active transportation - or human powered travel, like walking and biking - helps people meet daily physical activity recommendations.

  • Age-related changes, disabilities, and chronic health conditions may make it difficult to go grocery shopping, especially in rural locations and for people with a low income. The Coalition for Quality Aging (CQA), which works to improve the quality of aging for older adults in Lorain County, identified this barrier and worked to find solutions. CQA partners at Oberlin Community Services (OCS) proposed to test out a food delivery service for people in southern Lorain County who can’t get to the store due to disability or age-related challenges.

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