Green Light For Healthy Eating

Jill Budde - Portland District Health kiosk
General
Friday, 10 October 2014
Portland District Health has given the green light to healthy eating options.

As part of the Portland SEA Change(Sustainable Eating and Activity Change) program, PDH has introduced a `traffic light' menu where the most healthy options are highlighted in green.

The initiative is making an impact with more people turning to healthier foods.

It is also spreading across the town with two cafes in the community adopting a similar color-coded menu.

Portland SEA Change aims to bring together the community to find the best way to change the eating and exercise habits of local people.

PDH is working in collaboration with Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership, Glenelg Shire Council and Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Services on the campaign.

One of its key planks is to encourage healthier diets.

Proprietor of JJ's Cafe at PDH, Jillian Budde, said the cafe has always promoted healthy foods and doesn't use a bain marie full of fried foods.

We're already providing healthy goods, but we've had a really good response to the color-coded menu, Ms Budde said.

People already like fresh, healthy food but the menu is a good talking point and it gives people a better idea of foods that are good for them,she said.

We've had a really good response.

As part of the healthy eating campaign, the hospital’s is also being made available to staff.

PDH health promotion officer Lindy Stuchbery said staff were pleased to have a clearer description of healthy foods.

A similar colour-coded menu has been adopted by the Tastee Breeze and Tea Tree Gallery.

It's a real talking point,Ms Stuchbery said.

Importantly, the menus are also encouraging more people to buy wraps and salad sandwiches, among other healthy options.

They've reported that people who have traditionally bought fried foods are now asking for wraps,Ms Stuchbery said.

People wishing to find out more about the campaign can contact Phoebe Nagorcka-Smith 5522 1215 or Lindy Stuchbery 5522 1197 in the health promotion department at PDH.


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