Football: Kardinya junior club kicks junk food off canteen menu


The Kardy Kats canteen is now among the healthiest on offer at all Western Australian sporting clubs.
The Kardy Kats canteen is now among the healthiest on offer at all Western Australian sporting clubs.

THE Kardinya Junior Football Club has teamed up with the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) and the WA School Canteen Association (WASCA) to kick junk food off the canteen menu.

The revitalised menu offers a range of healthier options such as wholegrain foods, fruit toast and fresh fruit.

Cooking methods have also been improved while pastry items are no longer offered and the range of sugary drinks has been reduced.

SMHS health promotion officer Ruth Aspinall congratulated the Kardy Kats for their commitment to healthy eating.

“More than half the population in the City of Melville is either overweight or obese which makes it important for sporting clubs to support members and their families to make healthier food and drink choices,” Ms Aspinall said.

“A child who is overweight or obese is likely to carry extra weight into adulthood which can lead to diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.”

The club used WASCA’s traffic light system to categorise food items as green, amber and red based on their nutritional content.

The healthier canteen menu now exceeds WASCA’s recommended targets with green foods making up over half of the menu items while red foods have been reduced to just 25 per cent.

Kardy Kats canteen manager Mel Edgar said the feedback to the menu changes had been overwhelmingly positive.

“People are now more conscious of what they are eating and where their food comes from,” Mrs Edgar said.

“Healthy eating is everybody’s business and our club is delighted to ensure the healthy choice is the easy choice for our patrons.”

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