New healthy menu launched at MARC

Healthway chief executive Susan Hunt, WA School Canteen Association executive officer Megan Sauzier, MARC Café team leader Sandy McMahen, Mayor Rhys Williams and Cancer Council campaign coordinator James Stevens-Cutler.
Healthway chief executive Susan Hunt, WA School Canteen Association executive officer Megan Sauzier, MARC Café team leader Sandy McMahen, Mayor Rhys Williams and Cancer Council campaign coordinator James Stevens-Cutler.

A NEW refreshed menu has been launched at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre as part of the healthy cafe project.

Mandurah is the first WA local government recreation centre to take part in the new Fuel to Go & Play program, offering 43 per cent healthy green choices across the caf menu.

Fuel to Go & Play is a WA School Canteen Association program that uses a ‘traffic light system’ of rating food and drinks as green, amber or red, based on their nutritional value.

Mayor Rhys Williams said offering healthy food and drink choices in community venues should be the norm and the City was proud to be leading the way.

“Local governments are well placed to champion health and wellbeing and the centre is an important community hub for Mandurah residents, particularly families,” he said.

“Mandurah residents can access seasonal fruit, Vietnamese salad shakers, delicious homemade muffins and enjoy an ever-changing fresh display of food.”

WA School Canteen Association executive officer Megan Sauzier said creating healthier environments that provided healthy food and drink choices were vital for reducing the high rates of overweight and obesity among Western Australians.

“Given obesity has overtaken tobacco as the leading contributor for serious illness in WA, it’s never been more important to provide kids with nutritious and appealing options that will inspire them to continue making healthy choices into adulthood,” she said.

Other project strategies include healthy food parent education sessions targeting families with children, healthy recipe cards and LiveLighter wall decals, digital media and signage that will replace the current junk food signage.

The project is supported by a Healthway grant and delivered in partnership with the City of Mandurah, South Metropolitan Health Service – Health Promotion, WA School Canteen Association and LiveLighter to create a healthy community environment.