Monday 21 January 2019


Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Health Promotion team has been supporting Rob’s Cafe in Graham Street, Wonthaggi to participate in Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice, a recently launched project that encourages community members to choose healthy options when eating out.


The Health Promotion Officers have been collaborating with selected local food businesses across South Gippsland and Bass Coast to enable the businesses to offer healthier options to people.


Owners of Rob’s Café, Chris Bosco and Di Kerr, have been offering a Healthy Meal Deal (healthy wrap and a bottle of water) and have reorientated their drinks fridge to better promote water as a first choice of drink.


In fact, Chris and Di were so committed to improving the health of the community, they recently offered Healthy Meal Deal customers a chance to win an in-store voucher. The winner, recent Year 12 graduate Nick Dukyer was pretty happy that all he did to win was filled out a survey about the project.


“I think a small change, whether it’s choosing a bottle of water instead of a can of coke, or a sandwich instead of a burger, can really positively change your health with little effort,’ said Nick.


“I’m thinking I’ll spend my $50 voucher equally on healthy food and chips, but I’ll choose water instead of coke”, he said.


Chris and Di said that since their involvement in the project they’ve noticed a marked change in people’s eating choices.


“People are now taking more care in their food choices, so we offer them a variety of healthy options. Many people are surprised at the range of healthy fresh food that we have available here, especially our great sandwiches and wraps, and that's now given Rob's a real flip in terms of our sales”, Chris admitted.


Chris and Di are now planning to revamp the menu and menu board to better promote the healthy options available at Rob’s Cafe as their next step in the project.


If you are a food business owner and would like to be involved in the Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice Project, contact Health Promotion Officer, Sarah Green (MHCEC Project Lead, Gippsland Southern Health Service) on 0409 798 861.


Pictured Above: Rob’s Takeaway Proprietor Chris Bosco hands over a $50 voucher to lucky winner Nick Dukyer.