Healthier options at eatery

Azlan Othman

The Health Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Health (MoH) launched another Healthy Dining Programme at Charcoal BBQ and Grill Restaurant in Batu Satu yesterday, in the bid to educate and increase awareness among the public on the importance of healthy eating.

At present, 24 food outlets have participated in the programme. A total of 35 per cent of the menu in the restaurant are considered as healthier options.

Food outlets wishing to join the programme will have to comply with the Healthy Dining guideline’s of the Health Promotion Centre, where one criteria in the guideline includes any food outlet to serve at least 25 per cent of healthier choice menu.

Food outlets such as dine-in restaurants, drinks outlets and cafes are also encouraged to provide a healthier menu for customers, along with moderate food portions, cater to less sugar or less salt or less oil requests, and allowing customers to choose healthier options from the menu list.

Food and beverages considered healthier will be labelled with a Healthier Choice Logo on the menu.

The Healthy Dining programme is open to food outlets with no additional charges. The Health Promotion Centre will continuously conduct random inspections and monitoring to ensure regular compliance from the food outlets.

Head of Health Promotion Centre Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim was the guest of honour at the launch. The ministry’s senior officers and other guests were also present.

Head of Health Promotion Centre Dr Hajah Norhayati binti Haji Md Kassim presents the Healthy Dining Programme plaque. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN