Restaurants and food courts sign up to Healthier Dining Programme

Restaurants and food courts sign up to Healthier Dining Programme

The Health Promotion Board (HBP) launched a Healthier Dining Programme on Wednesday which will eventually see 700 food outlets and stalls serving 500-calorie meals.

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Here is the statement from HPB:

Singaporeans can look forward to more options for eating healthily as the Health Promotion Board (HPB) announces its Food Strategy to help change Singaporeans' diet when they dine out and eat at home.

Through the Food Strategy, people would have more healthier food choices that are affordable and accessible.

The first phase of the Food Strategy sees some 700 food outlets and stalls island-wide serving 500-calorie meals. More than 50 percent of these outlets and stalls have also committed to using healthier ingredients, namely healthier oils and/or whole grains.

The National Nutrition Survey 2010 showed a worrying deterioration in the dietary quality of Singaporeans. In addition, an increasing number of Singaporeans are also consuming more calories than they need on a daily basis with six in ten exceeding their recommended energy intake. While Singaporeans' diet is nutritionally adequate in protein, vitamins and minerals, they are eating more saturated fat and insufficient amounts of whole grains. Singaporeans are consuming too much refined carbohydrates such as white rice, which has been linked to increased risk of developing diabetes, especially in Asian countries.

The Food Strategy is one of the key initiatives to realise the vision of the Healthy Living Master Plan, announced in April this year.

The accessibility to healthier food is one of the commitments made by HPB and the Ministry of Health to provide Singaporeans with at least three healthy living options near their home, office and schools by 2020.

The Food Strategy

The Food Strategy comprises three key initiatives which are underpinned by strong partnerships with the Food & Beverage industry -

a) the Healthier Dining Programme; b) the increased availability of less sweetened beverages; c) the increased availability of Healthier Choice products.

HPB is taking a phased approach over six months to implement the three key initiatives, starting with the launch of the Healthier Dining Programme.

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