FRANKFORT, Ky. - The 17 restaurants operated by the Kentucky State Parks are now offering healthier options on their kids' menus.

The Kentucky State Parks have joined "Better Bites: Restaurant Edition," a project of the Tweens Nutrition and Fitness Coalition in Lexington. The coalition focuses on making healthy eating and regular physical activity popular and accessible for children ages 9-13.

"By making some small changes in our menu, we can offer healthier food choices to our young park guests," Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. "Combined with healthy outdoor opportunities such as hiking, swimming, cycling, horseback riding and other recreation, state parks are a great place for families."
Some examples of the changes that meet the Better Bites nutrition guidelines are smaller hamburgers and cheeseburgers on whole wheat buns, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread and half turkey sandwiches on whole wheat.  All children's menu items are served with a side of fresh fruit and vegetable sticks. 


“I am looking forward to bringing my children to the state parks and having so many healthy options on the children’s menus,” said Lexington parent Casey Hinds.  “It will be great to have fresh fruits and vegetables come automatically with the kids’ meal rather than french fries, chips or cookies.”

With the changes, 80 percent of the kids' menu items are considered Better Bites options.  Though Better Bites are featured on the children’s menu, adults can also order them.

For more information on Better Bites visit tweenslex.org.  For information about Kentucky State Parks, including lodging and camping reservations, visit




The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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