The Health Promotion Centre of the Ministry of Health (MoH) has implemented the Healthy Dining Programme to create an environment conducive to supporting and creating healthier food choices. The ministry has identified restaurants as strategic partners to help promote healthy eating and in increasing the availability of healthier options.
The programme’s participating food outlets offer at least 25 per cent healthier food choices to customers, by serving less sugar, salt and oil, with each carrying the ‘healthier choice’ logo on the menu.
Twenty food outlets have joined the programme to date, with Anjung Saujana Restaurant being the latest to launch its menu, in which 48.2 per cent of listed items are deemed healthier options.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin launched the programme in the presence of senior MoH officers and guests.
It is hoped that more food outlets will take the opportunity to provide healthier menu items.
This MoH initiative is in support of the World Health Organization’s push towards health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases, one of which is tackling unhealthy diets.