ARARAT may be the centre of the realty show universe with its residents featured on the television program The Biggest Loser and the town labelled as one of the nation’s “fattest” towns, but the Glenelg Shire is having none of that and is taking steps to ensure its own community avoids this stigma.
The Healthy Catering Policy, which includes supplying 50 per cent of food according to the ‘traffic light’ system, was approved by the council in December with the aim of ensuring community, staff, volunteers and visitors to shire meetings, functions and events have the opportunity to access healthy food and drink.
The ‘traffic light’ system categorises food and drink into green (50 per cent), amber (30 per cent) or red (20 per cent) categories based on its nutritional value.
Green items have a greater nutrient value and are low in saturated fat, added sugar and salt (fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low fat dairy products, wholegrains, eggs and legumes).
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.