Initiative makes healthier food choices easier
Making healthier choices will be easier thanks to a Hume City Council healthy eating initiative at the Broadmeadows Shopping Centre.
The Eat Out Eat Well initiative will see 13 cafes, take away stores and restaurants displaying an Eat Out Eat Well counter sticker, along with Bronze, Silver or Gold medals for food and drink options.
The three medals indicate the different healthy options a store offers, such as food cooked using healthier oils or drink options that contain less added sugar.
The initiative, which runs from November 14 until December 31, is a first for the City of Hume.
"Our Eat Out Eat Well initiative will help customers make healthy choices for both drinks and meals at Broadmeadows Shopping Centre,” Hume City Council Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop said.
“Customers simply need to keep an eye out for the Eat Out Eat Well counter stickers at these outlets to know that they are making a better choice.”
Broadmeadows Shopping Centre’s Centre Manager Mark Hallowell welcomed the partnership between Council and the Centre, and supported customers making healthier choices.
“Broadmeadows Shopping Centre is happy to support healthy eating and assisting customers in identifying the healthier options available in the centre,” Mr Hallowell said.
“We welcome the initiative and eating out for health is now easier thanks to our retailers supporting the Eat Out Eat Well initiative.”
Cr Jessop said the Eat Out Eat Well initiative was created following research Council conducted with customers at the centre.
“The study made it clear that people were looking to buy and enjoy healthier food and drinks when eating out.
“Around 74 per cent of the people Hume City Council spoke to found it hard to find the information they needed to make a healthy choice, and were left feeling overwhelmed by the choices on offer at the centre,” Cr Jessop said.
“The takeaways, cafes and restaurants participating in the initiative will increase your chance of choosing a healthier food and drink option to enjoy.”
For more information, visit www.hume.vic.gov.au/eoew.
Participating Broadmeadows Shopping Centre retailers:
Anatolian Café Restaurant
Boost Juice Bar
Indian Thali Restaurant
Kyoto Japanese Food
New Zealand Natural
Salsa’s Fresh Mex
Posted on 10:00 AM, 11 November 2016