A new report shows the Mount Druitt Hospital kiosk has met 100 per cent of the NSW Health requirements for healthy food and drink.
The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) chief executive Graeme Loy visited the kiosk to congratulate the team for their efforts in keeping staff and visitors healthy.
Some highlights at the kiosk include:
- Health food options increased by at least 75 per cent
- Health Star Rating of 3.5 stars or above introduced for healthy and quality options
- Healthy portions available
- Healthy foods favourably marketed
Mount Druitt Hospital volunteer Emily Jancek said there is now the option to go on a healthy culinary world tour at the kiosk.
“I’ve been working in this kiosk for years and we didn’t think we would offer healthy choices here in Sydney’s west but look at us now, we sell sushi in Mount Druitt!” Emily said.
“It has been a journey to get here. It has been a team effort. Rachael and Louise from WSLHD’s health promotion team really helped us out because we weren’t sure if customers would be happy about the healthy changes.
“But when people tasted the healthy options and saw the good in what we were trying to offer, they started buying the healthy choices on the menu.”
To mark the kiosk’s healthy achievements, Graeme gave a congratulatory gift to the kiosk – a painting by 16-year-old Will, the son of a WSLHD employee. The painting was done after Will heard about the hard work of the vollies to make the kiosk healthy.
“Our volunteers are a critical and strong part of our organisation and I really thank them for their work,” Graeme said.
Graeme helped the volunteers install the new painting at the kiosk and Emily thanked the chief executive for his handyman skills.
“It’s about doing your bit where you can to make healthy choices happen, just like Graeme helped us today.”