One of Darden's core strengths is our ability to continually evolve to meet the consumer's ever-changing needs. When it comes to health and wellness, we know our guests are increasingly interested in healthy dining. We believe that responding to this growing demand will help us strengthen our relationship with our current guests, while expanding our appeal to a broader base of future guests.
Darden's approach to health and wellness is guided by three core principles:
Darden has made the most comprehensive health and wellness commitment in the restaurant industry to date. Working with the Partnership for a Healthier America, Darden has pledged to reduce our overall calorie and sodium footprint by 10 percent by 2016 and by 20 by 2021. We also pledged to enhance the nutrition credentials of our children's menus by July 2012.
As consumers' desire to eat better, we believe the restaurant industry can play an important role by providing food choices and information. Lower calorie menu options continue to grow including the entire menu of Seasons 52 (fewer than 475 calories), "Garden Fare" at Olive Garden, "Lighthouse" at Red Lobster and "Flavorful under 500" menu items at LongHorn.
In addition to providing our nutritional information on all of our restaurant websites, in FY2010 Darden joined HealthyDiningFinder.com, an online resource center that provides consumers with "dietitian-approved" menu options, to extend the online availability of our nutritional information.