Healthy Eating Strategy #10: Provide Nutrition Information on Menus and Products

Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles.  More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.

Healthy Eating Strategy #10: Provide Nutrition Information on Menus and Products

People who have access to nutrition information tend to purchase and consume fewer calories. Providing nutrition labeling, including calorie and nutrient contents, has the potential to impact choices and dietary intake.


Providing nutrition labeling, including calorie and nutrient contents on products or menus, has the potential to impact ordering and dietary intake. Several, but not all, studies in this analysis reported a significant reduction in calories purchased and consumed by people who received menus with calorie information. When there was no reduction in calories purchased, many people still reported that the calorie labeling influenced purchasing behavior. Providing recommended daily caloric requirement also decreased eating later in the day.


  1. Bassett, M.T., Dumanovsky, T., Huang, C., Silver, L.D., Young, C., Nonas, C., Matte, T.D., Chideya, S., & Frieden, T.R. (2008). Purchasing behavior and calorie information at fast-food chains in New York City. American Journal of Public Health, 98(8), 1457–1459.
  2. Bollinger, B., Leslie, P., & Sorensen, A. (2010). Calorie posting in chain restaurants; Stanford. Working paper.
  3. Burton, S., Creyer, E., Kees, J., & Huggins, K. (2006). Attacking the obesity epidemic: The potential health benefits of providing nutrition information in restaurants. American Journal of Public Health, 96(9),1669–1675.
  4. Elbel, B., Kersh, R., Brescoll, V., & Dixon, L. (2009). Calorie labeling and food choices: A first look at the effects on low-income people in New York City. Health Affairs, 1110–1121.
  5. Harnack, L.J., French, S.A., Oakes, J.M., Story, M.T., Jeffery, R.W., & Rydell, S.A. (2008). Effects of calorie labeling and value size pricing on fast food meal choices: Results from an experimental trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 5, 1–13.
  6. Lowe, M., Tappe, K., Butryn, M., Annunziato, R., Coletta, M., Ochner, C., & Rolls, B. (2010). An intervention study targeting energy and nutrient intake in worksite cafeterias. Eating Behaviors, 11(3), 144–151.
  7. Roberto, C., Larsen, P., Agnew, H., Baik, J., & Brownell, K. (2010). Evaluating the impact of menu labeling on food choices and intake. American Journal of Public Health, 100(2), 312–318.
  8. Yamamoto, J.A., Yamamoto, J.B., & Yamamoto, B.E. (2005). Adolescent fast food and restaurant ordering behavior with and without calorie and fat content menu information. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37(5), 297–402.

Find Your Y

Share This Page

Bookmark and Share

Copyright © 2017 YMCA of the USA. All rights reserved.
The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.