An Oa­sis of healthy op­tions

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -­mu­ni­ d439289

A NEW pro­ject is help­ing sport­ing clubs and leisure cen­tres pro­vide healthy food for their mem­bers and Bel­mont Oa­sis is now on board.

The Healthy Can­teens team from the South Metropoli­tan Pop­u­la­tion Health Unit is help­ing can­teen man­agers make big and small changes to their menus.

Se­nior health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer mem­ber Liz Brad­shaw said foods and drinks on of­fer at sport­ing venues could send clear mes­sages to the com­mu­nity about what foods were healthy to help with mak­ing bet­ter eat­ing choices.

“Sport­ing venues can help teach chil­dren and adults how to choose healthy food and drinks,” she said.

“Clubs and cafes which have al­ready changed their menus have found they could in­crease prof­its by 10 to 15 per cent.”

Bel­mont Oa­sis has changed some as­pects of its menu and cafe su­per­vi­sor Chrissie Tyler said the health­ier menu had been pop­u­lar with pa­trons.

“We have in­tro­duced freshly made sand­wiches, rice pa­per rolls, fruit sal­ads, low fat yo­ghurts, and we pro­vide gluten free, veg­e­tar­ian and high pro­tein op­tions for those with spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments,” she said.

City of Bel­mont chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Cole said the City sup­ported Bel­mont Oa­sis mak­ing changes to its menu by con­nect­ing the cafe’s man­ager to the South Metropoli­tan Pop­u­la­tion Health Unit.

“The City wel­comes the ad­di­tion of health­ier eat­ing op­tions at Oa­sis and un­der­stands it will pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to pa­trons,” he said.

Se­nior health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer Liz Brad­shaw and Bel­mont Oa­sis cafe su­per­vi­sor Chrissie Tyler.

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