An Oasis of healthy options

Senior health promotion officer Liz Bradshaw and Belmont Oasis cafe supervisor Chrissie Tyler. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d439289
Senior health promotion officer Liz Bradshaw and Belmont Oasis cafe supervisor Chrissie Tyler. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d439289

The Healthy Canteens team from the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit is helping canteen managers make big and small changes to their menus.

Senior health promotion officer member Liz Bradshaw said foods and drinks on offer at sporting venues could send clear messages to the community about what foods were healthy to help with making better eating choices.

�Sporting venues can help teach children and adults how to choose healthy food and drinks,� she said.

�Clubs and cafes which have already changed their menus have found they could increase profits by 10 to 15 per cent.�

Belmont Oasis has changed some aspects of its menu and cafe supervisor Chrissie Tyler said the healthier menu had been popular with patrons.

�We have introduced freshly made sandwiches, rice paper rolls, fruit salads, low fat yoghurts, and we provide gluten free, vegetarian and high protein options for those with special dietary requirements,� she said.

City of Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said the City supported Belmont Oasis making changes to its menu by connecting the cafe�s manager to the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit.

�The City welcomes the addition of healthier eating options at Oasis and understands it will provide significant benefits to patrons,� he said.