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American Heart Association adds heart-check symbol for some Subway items

By Prue Salasky

11:11 AM EDT, June 5, 2012

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The American Heart Association has used its heart-check symbol in grocery stores for 17 years. It has now expanded its use to restaurants with the Heart-Check Meal Certification program.

The first restaurant chain to to apply and meet the nutritional criteria required in order to display the red-and-white heart check mark is Subway. Customers will find the Heart-Check on all "Fresh Fit" meals featuring a variety of 6-inch subs served with apples and water; also Kids' meals with apple slices and 12-ounce low-fat milk as well as some salads and the sweet onion dressing.

These meals meat the AHA's nutritional criteria for levels of sodium, calories, cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fats.

To learn more about the certification program, go to www.heartcheckmark.org.

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