Healthier hearts in the Hunter!
Cessnock City Council is renewing its commitment to the Heart Foundation’s Healthier Oils program and is calling on cafés, restaurants, pubs and local take-away businesses across the region to change their oil.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said Council has seen a positive change in the community since the introduction of the program and looks forward to continuing the partnership.“Over 40% of food service businesses have switched to cooking oils which are lower in saturated and trans fats. After identifying the high rate of Cardiovascular Disease in the area we wanted to tackle the issue and improve our heart health”.
“By working with businesses and health professionals we have been able to educate the community on how simple it is to improve health by changing frying oils”, Cr Pynsent said.
Heart Foundation Dietitian and Food Supply Senior Manager, Shane Landon said the Heart Foundation was very pleased to continue the relationship with Cessnock City Council.
“The Council is a leader nationally and is helping the Heart Foundation guide the program in other regions. Thanks to this success, we have been able to attract other NSW Councils to embark on similar projects”, Mr Landon said.
Environmental Health Officers from Cessnock City Council are working with local businesses on the campaign and the community can also support the program by asking local eateries to use healthier oils.
Cessnock City Council and the Heart Foundation will sign the new Terms of Reference on Thursday 14th July to extend the partnership for two years.
The Healthier Oils Program is a partnership between the Cessnock City Council, Heart Foundation NSW, Samaritans Foundation, Hunter New England Local Health District and local dining outlets.
Find out more contact Council’s Environmental Health Team on 02 4993 4100 or visit http://heartfoundation.org.au/programs/healthier-oils-program