(May 17) WILMINGTON, Del. — The 5 a Day campaign has, for the second time, made its way into a restaurant chain’s promotional plans.

Shoney’s Restaurants Inc. is licensed to use the 5 a Day the Color Way campaign for its salad bar and a new promotion aimed at children, the Wilmington, Del.-based Produce for Better Health Foundation said May 6.

PBH officials say Nashville, Tenn.-based Shoney’s is the first family restaurant chain to be licensed to use 5 a Day promotional materials.

Whether Shoney’s adds any produce items to its menu as part of its participation remains a question mark.

“It’s probably too early to say yet,” said Lujuanna Haynes, the chain’s regional marketing and special projects manager. “Certainly, going down the road, we will be working with their (PBH’s) nutritionists to see if maybe we will add a few healthy options, and that certainly could include (more) fruits and vegetables.”

The chain’s 5 a Day salad-bar promotion will educate patrons about the importance of eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors each day. The promotion will offer tips to guide customers to salad-bar ingredients that can help them reach those goals, PBH officials said.

Participating restaurants will receive a kit of display materials. Activity booklets that the restaurant distributes to children will incorporate 5 a Day-approved kids’ recipes and educational information geared to the company’s youngest diners.

PBH has done a similar promotion before with Milford, Conn-based Subway. The sandwich chain made nutrition a centerpiece of its promotional efforts first used the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s 5 a Day logo on its tray liners in 1997.