MARC’s chips a hot topic at Mandurah council committee meeting

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HOT chips are still the go at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre’s café but all that could change at the City of Mandurah’s committee meeting tomorrow night.

Councillors will discuss the centre’s Café Assessment report on the range of food options, where hot chips are included in the category for reducing the range of deep fried foods.

The council has instigated a red, yellow and green traffic light system with green for best and healthiest, yellow to be chosen carefully and red an unhealthy choice.

The council is working towards a 40 per cent increase in green items and a 30 per cent reduction in red items.

Since an initial assessment, many changes have been made, according to the report.

Reducing red items such as sugary drinks, ice cream and confectionary and high-fat meats, was very positive.

The most significant change was in snacks and confectionary with a 22 per cent increase in green items and a 27 per cent reduction in red items.

Green drinks were up by nine percent and red drinks had decreased by 27 per cent.

The report said although there had been significant improvement over the past four months, the council still had some way to go.

Earlier this year, Cr Fred Reibeling hit out at food options available at the centre and said the council-run and funded centre should be responsible, offering healthy food options and setting an example.