More join Healthy Dining Programme

James Kon

The Ministry of Health (MoH) through its Health Promotion Centre (HPC) implemented the Healthy Dining Programme as it recognises that food outlets are important strategic partners to promote healthy eating and to increase the availability of healthier option products in Brunei Darussalam.

Playing a vital role to promote healthier eating choices to help reduce the risk of non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country, The Coffee Bean Brunei Gourmet Café launched the Healthy Dining Programme under the HPC at The Coffee Bean Brunei Gourmet Café in Times Square Shopping Centre with 44 per cent more healthier options yesterday.

Guest of honour, Head of HPC Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim launched the programme.

Dr Hajah Norhayati presented a certificate of participation for the Healthy Dining Programme to President of PAR Food and Beverage Sdn Bhd Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin.

General Manager of PAR Food and Beverage Sdn Bhd Art Terrado said, “By working together with HPC, we can do our part in tackling health related issues affecting residents of Brunei Darussalam. We must continue to be persistent in promoting a healthy lifestyle across
the nation.”

President of PAR Food and Beverage Sdn Bhd Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, receives a certificate from Head of Health Promotion Centre Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim. PHOTO: JAMES KON

He also announced that Coffee Bean Brunei will introduce a healthy food promotion at all its gourmet outlets starting today.

The programme aims to create a local market environment conducive for supporting healthier eating choices and foster the culture and practise of healthier food choices among food outlet owners, managers and customers.

The programme also encourages food outlets to provide moderate portions and the options with less sugar, salt or oil. Alternative methods of food preparation and cooking for healthier food and drinks are also welcomed.

Participating food outlets must serve at least 25 per cent of healthier menu items following the guideline provided by the Health Promotion Centre. Healthier food and beverage will be labelled with a healthier choice logo on the menu.

Fifteen food outlets have participated in the programme.