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Albany County considers calorie counting

"For the first time in history, today's children are predicted to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents," said Steve Cameron, spokesman for the American Heart Association and director of cardiac services for St. Peter's Hospital.

"Albany County's legislative proposal requiring calorie counts to be posted in chain restaurants is an important first step in fighting the obesity epidemic and empowering county residents to make healthier food choices."

If passed, the restaurants will be monitored by the county health department to ensure they are posting the calories.

While he was not sure whether the county health officials would be physically testing the food to ensure that they do contain the amount of calories as presented on their menus, Nichols said he hopes the information displayed to the public will be truthful.

"[The health department] needs to be able to determine whether or not the information that the restaurants are providing the public is accurate information," he said.

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