In addition to BRHS orange, you’ll notice some other colours front and centre in the staff dining room from next month.
Green. Amber. And Red.
We all know these are the colours of a traffic light.
They are also the colours of the new Healthy Choices Project that BRHS is implementing to highlight healthy foods and reduce the focus on foods that aren’t good for us.
The Healthy Choices Project is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services, and BRHS is just one of hundreds of public workplaces across the state that will be using traffic light colours to make it easier for staff to make healthy food choices at work.
Beginning in February foods will have special labelling or signage that identifies it as either green, amber or red.
Green category food and drink is the healthiest choice.
The Green category is usually:
- a good source of important nutrients
- low in saturated fat, added sugar and/or salt,
- low in kilojoules
- high in fibre
As part of this Healthy Choices Project, green category foods and drinks will be prominent in the cafeteria and promoted as the best choice.
Amber category foods and drinks are those that may provide some good nutrients, but can be high in kilojoules and contain saturated fat, added sugar and/or salt.
In short, the amber category should only be consumed in moderation.
Red category foods and drinks are, you guessed, not so good for you.
If consumed too often, or in large amounts, they can lead to weight gain and chronic diseases.
Small changes to highlight healthier options
Executive Chef Cam Penwill says that although the Healthy Choices Project will bring some changes as to how foods are labelled and presented, it won’t mean dramatic changes to the menu.
“The menu will be pretty similar, with many of the same choices we have now,” he said. “But, we will be introducing a few more “green” options, such as individual salad meals, fruit packs and whole fruit. And we’ll be making our sandwiches healthier by using 9-grain wholemeal bread.”
“So, for those of us that love our hot chips, for example, you don’t have to panic that they’ll be wiped off the menu. We’re just trying to make small changes to highlight and promote healthier choices, and bring in some new options for those of us that do want to choose healthier foods.”
The Healthy Choices Project will launch on Feb. 3.
Stay tuned for more information about the Healthy Choices Project and what it means for food and dining at BRHS.