Fes­ti­val’s new healthy out­look

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THE Childers mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­val could leave you leaner this year as a re­sult of Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s new Healthy Choices pol­icy.

The 24-page Healthy Choices Cater­ing pol­icy will see food at coun­cil or­gan­ised, sup­ported or spon­sored events, in­clud­ing the Childers Fes­ti­val, be­come a lot health­ier.

But Childers di­vi­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tony Ric­cia­rdi as­sured his com­mu­nity the pol­icy was not go­ing to im­pact the run­ning of the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val.

“That’s not go­ing to be much of a drama,” he said.

“What the coun­cil did with the new pol­icy was to lead by ex­am­ple – that there will be an op­tion of foods avail­able and we’ll make sure we al­ways have an op­tion there for people who want to do the right thing.

“Not just go to some­where where you haven’t got a choice.”

He said the coun­cil had al­ready changed its own in-of­fice cater­ing as a way to lead by ex­am­ple.

“We’re get­ting back to sal­ads and fruits and things like that. They’re re­ally starv­ing us in there now,” he joked.

“I’ve lost about 4kg and I want to lose a lot more, be­cause you do feel a lot bet­ter.

“Even just los­ing a cou­ple of kilo­grams you can start to feel it do­ing you some good,” he said.

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said the new pol­icy was de­signed to get the com­mu­nity think­ing about what they ate.

“I’m not say­ing don’t have a meat pie. You can have a meat pie, have one a week or some­thing, but re­strict yourself and eat some of the good stuff that goes with it,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said.

“You may be able to blow out once and again. I tend to do that,” he laughed.

He said while the pol­icy would im­pact fu­ture coun­cil func­tions and events in Childers, he didn’t think the com­mu­nity should let it im­pact their en­joy­ment of the fes­ti­val at­mos­phere.

“Mul­ti­cul­tural day is a day about cel­e­bra­tions and cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ent cul­tures and tast­ing,” he said.

“You may only do it once a year.”

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said he could not con­firm whether the ven­dors would be is­sued with the new pol­icy or be re­quired to ad­here to it.

“I couldn’t say whether they would be or would not be. They prob­a­bly would be,” he said.

“But it’s not restrict­ing on people. There’s no law say­ing they can’t cook this or that.”

Cr Ric­cia­rdi said the pol­icy was, as the name stated, more about the com­mu­nity mak­ing healthy eat­ing choices than restrict­ing what food ven­dors could of­fer at events.

“What we’re say­ing is if you do go, have a cer­tain amount of high carbs but also look at the low carbs,” he said.

“It’s all about en­cour­ag­ing a dif­fer­ent way of eat­ing – what you eat and the por­tions and so forth.”

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