Tuesday 24 July 2018

Rob’s Takeaway and Coffee Lounge co-owners Chris (Bosco) and Di are ready to support their customers to make healthier choices.


Rob’s Takeaway and Coffee Lounge is making the healthy choice the easy choice for the Bass Coast community.

‘Making the healthy choice the easy choice’ project was recently launched across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.  The project is working with selected local food businesses to pilot changes to their establishment to support our community to choose the healthiest option when eating out.


Rob’s Takeaway and Coffee Lounge in Graham Street Wonthaggi is one of those sites participating in the project.  During their first cycle of changes to ‘green’ up their menu, the business is making it easier for their patrons to eat healthy with the promotion of a healthy meal deal - a healthy choice wrap and a bottle of water.


Diet-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer are the major causes of death and disability among Australians.  Not eating enough healthy foods or eating too much of the foods that are high in saturated fat, salt and added sugar are often major contributors to these conditions.


In addition, owner Chris will be reorientating his drinks fridge.  Sugar-sweetened beverages have no nutritional value and can lead to unhealthy weight gain.  How drinks are displayed can influence consumer behaviour and consumption.  To reduce sugary drinks consumption, water will be placed at eye level and the sugary drinks placed below.


Owner Chris says, "In recent months we have really noticed that our customers are taking more care and giving greater consideration to healthy choices in all aspects of their eating and drinking.  It's a noticeable change and we have adapted our menu and business accordingly.  We appreciate the importance of making healthier choices, and through this new initiative we will continue to develop our business, where possible."


The changes are designed to encourage consumers to make healthier choices.  The changes at Rob’s Takeaway and Coffee Lounge have been guided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy Choices Guidelines - a system for classifying food and drinks.