Queensland cafés and restaurants will be empowered to offer healthier menus for children, thanks to the state’s first Healthy Kids Menu initiative, launched by Health and Wellbeing Queensland.
Launched in July, this new initiative will see Queensland venues participating in the program offer healthier menu options for children so it’s easier for families to make healthier food and drink choices when eating out.
Childhood obesity is fast becoming a significant problem, with one in four Queensland children overweight or obese. Given the amount of food and drink consumed outside of the home, venues can be a positive force for helping to set kids up with healthy eating habits for life.
Local food venues are invited to become part of this new initiative. Approved venues will be given access to promotional resources such as posters, flyers, certificates and social media content, to help get the word out to customers and provide greater exposure within your local community. This includes the Queensland Healthy Kids Menu tomato icon, which can be displayed beside the healthier items on your kids menu. Venues are encouraged to use the tomato icon to make it easier for families to choose healthier options.
HWQld Healthy Eating Ambassador and chef Matt Golinski said even small actions could make a menu healthier.
‘Creating a healthier menu doesn’t have to be hard. Simple actions like switching cooking oils to canola oil or olive oil, reducing the salt in recipes, or using vegetables as a key ingredient instead of a side, can have a huge impact on children’s health without affecting day to day business,’ said Matt.
Moreover, through the Queensland Healthy Kids Menu, venues will also have the opportunity to apply for the 2021 Healthy Kids Menu Awards through Restaurant and Catering Industry Australia.
If your venue would like to become involved in the program, please email Sherridan Cluff firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0488251782
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