Healthier cooking oils at an all-time high

Cessnock City Council has been overwhelmed by the support of their Healthier Oils Program and the latest statistics show 67% of local food businesses are now taking part. 

Cessnock City Council has been overwhelmed by the support of their Healthier Oils Program and the latest statistics show 67% of local food businesses are now taking part.

The Healthier Oils Program aims to reduce community exposure to saturated and trans fats by encouraging food outlets to make the switch to healthier options.  

The program was launched in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) back in 2011 when just 17% of local food outlets were using healthy oils.  

This figure has increased significantly over the years thanks to a great partnership between Cessnock City Council, the Heart Foundation, Coalfields Healthy Heartbeat (Samaritans) and local food businesses.  

Heart Foundation Regional Health Promotion Coordinator, Penny Milson said, “Saturated fats play a role in poor heart health and we are very excited so many local outlets have decided to join the Healthier Oils Program.”  

Head Chef at Potters Hotel, Brewery and Resort, Ken Marquet has been part of the program for over four years now and is encouraging other businesses to get on board.  

“This is a really fantastic initiative and the team at Potters is proud to be part of it. I think in a way it contributes to helping people make healthier choices without them even knowing you’re doing it!”  

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is also pleased with how far this program has come over the years.

“To come from just 17% of local businesses switching to healthier oils to 67% is a great achievement and I believe we can continue to improve on this.”  

To recognise the efforts of local businesses making the switch, those taking part in the program have received certificate and sticker. They will also be included in the Healthier Oils Program ‘Name and Fame’ list to be placed on Council’s website early in the New Year.  

If you’d like to find out more about the Healthier Oils Program, visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthieroils and to take part in the local program, contact Cessnock City Council’s Environmental Health Team on 4993 4100.

 11/16/2017