Eateries encouraged to join Healthy Dining Programme

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Eating out is a favourite pastime among Bruneians. Dining out has yet to be synonymous with healthy eating and it can be a challenge to select a nutritious menu. Eating healthily in a restaurant or a food outlet does not have to be complicated or stressful. Eating out can be exciting, delicious and yet healthier when the right selection of food is made.

The Ministry of Health through the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) has continuously engaged potential restaurants and food outlets to participate in the Healthy Dining Programme.

A certificate presentation for the launching of the programme at Fuel’d was held at its premise in Serusop yesterday.

Present as the guest of honour was Acting Director of Medical and Health Services at the Ministry of Health Pengiran Dr Haji Md Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail who presented the certificate to the owner of Fuel’d, Siti Alai Shazrinah binti Haji Shazali.

The main objective of the programme is to improve Brunei’s food environment by increasing the availability of a healthier food option.

Acting Director of Medical and Health Services at the Ministry of Health Pengiran Dr Haji Md Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail presents the certificate to owner of Fuel’d, Siti Alai Shazrinah binti Haji Shazali. PHOTO: SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

The participating food outlet would have to meet the criteria provided by the Health Promotion Centre in which the guideline stated that restaurant or food outlet has to serve at least 25 percent of healthier choice menu.

The food outlet is also encouraged to provide customers with healthier food options in moderate portion size, menu using healthier cooking method, less salt, less sugar or less oil.

Food or drinks that are considered healthier option will then be labelled with a Healthier Choice Logo on the menu.

HPC also would provide support and assistance to the food outlet in coming up with a healthier option menu.

The participating food outlet will be entitled to become one of the Healthier Choice partners. Also present were senior officers and officers from the Ministry of Health and other invited guests.

The Ministry of Health encouraged more food outlets to participate in the Healthy Dining Programme and to support and promote healthy eating initiatives in Brunei Darussalam.

This will help to achieve the Ministry of Health’s 2035 Vision ‘Together Towards a Healthy Nation’ but also Brunei Darussalam’s Vision 2035 goal of high quality of life.