42 per cent of local food businesses using healthier oils

The NSW Heart Foundation’s Healthier Oils Program continues to gain momentum in Cessnock with the launch of a video featuring local food outlets and their experiences using healthier oils.

The NSW Heart Foundation’s Healthier Oils Program continues to gain momentum in Cessnock with the launch of a video featuring local food outlets and their experiences using healthier oils.

Thanks to the Healthier Oils Initiative, 42 per cent of food outlets in the Cessnock local government area are now using healthier cooking oils that are lower in saturated and trans fat.  

Council’s Health and Environment Team have built great working relationships with local businesses to achieve this result and have been overwhelmed at the positive attitude of business owners willing to give an oil change a try.  

“With alarming rates of cardiovascular disease in our community, we have a keen interest in protecting the health of our community and reducing potential risk factors,” Council’s Environmental Health Officer Abbie Bagnall said.  

“Participating businesses have reported no price difference in switching oils and say their kitchen staff handle the products exactly the same way.”  

Cessnock’s Environmental Health Team recently presented the program’s success at Environmental Health Australia’s national conference in Sydney in October 2015.  

Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent said the results speak for themselves.  

“It is great to see such a positive initiative with Cessnock City Council and the Heart Foundation contributing to healthy outcomes for our local residents,” Cr Pynsent said.  

Dietician for NSW Heart Foundation Shane Landon recently visited Cessnock and was pleased to hear first-hand how well the program has been received.   

“Cessnock Council and the food outlets that have adopted the healthier oils program are an inspiration and are making a real difference in their community.”  

The Cessnock Healthier Oils Initiative is managed by a local working party including representatives from Cessnock City Council, the Heart Foundation NSW, Hunter New England Local Health District, Coalfields Healthy Heartbeat (Samaritans Foundation), Peden’s Hotel and KFC (Cessnock). It is also endorsed by the Cessnock Healthy Lifestyle Network.  

Community members are encouraged to support the campaign by requesting their favourite local take-away, café, restaurant, pub, or club use healthier frying oils.   

To see the latest Healthier Oils video visit our website.  

For more information you can also visit www.heartfoundation.org.au/healthieroils or contact Council’s Environmental Health Team on 4993 4100.

21 March 2016