H.E.A.L.:  Healthy eating, Active living

Douglas County Health Department

Ava, Missouri


Live Well entrees (or full meals) must have:

  • Less than 751 calories
  • Less than 26 grams of fat
    • With less than 9 of these grams in saturated fat
  • Less than 1050 mg of sodium

Live Well guidelines are based upon the restaurant meal accounting for the largest of the day's meals.  Base on 2,000 calories a day, Live Well's upper limit of 750 calories for one meal represents about 37 percent of total calories for the day.

Fat is recommended to be limited to 20% to 35% of calories.  On 2,000 calories per day, the recommended fat intake is between 44 and 78 grams.  The Live Well fat guideline for one meal is 25 grams or fewer, including saturated fat being limited to 9 grams or less.


Douglas County Live Well restaurants are:

  • Autumn's Café & Grill
  • Guacamole's Mexican Restaurant
  • Porter's Café
  • Ruby Garden
  • True Brew


Live Well restaurants must follow strict science based criteria to identify Live Well items.  They also have a Smoke-Free environment. Enjoy healthy food in a healthy environment.   


Try these tips when going out to eat:

1. Drink water. Save $ and calories.

2. Order side salad to substitute fries with meals.

3. Request food to be steamed or sautéed instead of fried.

4. Choose a meal with fruit or vegetables, lean protein and/or 100% whole grain.

5. Choose a Live Well Meal!