Premier’s Healthy Kids Menu Initiative
We know that Australians are eating out more and spending a greater percentage of their household income on food and dining out. Food prepared away from home is often poorer in nutritional quality as it is higher in total calories, total fat, and salt, and often served in large portion sizes. Combined with anecdotal evidence suggesting that children’s menus lack the choice and nutritional value of wider menus, this can make it difficult for parents to find healthy options for their children when dining out.This is why the Healthy Kids Menu initiative was created.
In 2015, the Premier of South Australia convened an Executive Taskforce to lead the conversation around supporting restaurants, cafés, hotels and clubs to increase the availability of healthier children’s menus. The Taskforce, now chaired by Ms Katrine Hildyard MP, Assistant Minister to the Premier, includes representatives from the Australian Hotels Association, Restaurant and Catering Association and Clubs SA, as well as health experts from CSIRO, SAHMRI, the Heart Foundation, and Sprout Cooking School and Health Studio.
The Healthy Kids Menu Taskforce Report, including recommendations, was released on Wednesday, 16 December 2015. Recommendations were developed through a co-design process which brought together expertise and practical wisdom from parents, local restaurants, cafés, hotels, clubs and health.
The initiative was piloted by twenty SA venues in 2016 and 2017 and their feedback helped to refine the process and available resources. Following the Pilot Program, the initiative was formally launched on Tuesday, 22 August 2017. If you are a South Australian food venue, you can join the initiative on the Healthy Kids Menu website.
How it works
The process is simple. Participating businesses are required to ensure at least half of the meal choices on the kids menu are healthy and that healthy drinks are offered to children, with water both free and readily accessible.
If you would like more information for your business please register at the Healthy Kids Menu website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Our Code of Practice summarises what is required for a Healthy Kids Menu. More details and helpful tips are available in our Guide for Business.
Look for the smile
The watermelon smile lets you know that the venue is a Healthy Kids Menu venue, so keep an eye out for this logo when you’re out and about.If you are thinking about where your next dining out experience will be and you want to choose a participating venue, you can find their locations at the Healthy Kids Menu website.
Venues participating in the Healthy Kids Menu initiative include:
- Appleseed Café
- Brompton Hotel
- Dunes Café
- Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club
- Henley Surf Life Saving Club
- Maylands Hotel
- Patch Kitchen & Garden
- Prince Albert Hotel
- Seven Stars Hotel
- Soul Food Community
- Strathmore Hotel
- The ARC Campbelltown
- The Olive Branch Café
- The Velo Precinct
- West Beach Surf Life Saving Club
- Woodville Hotel
- Zeea's Eatery Brickworks
- Zeea's Eatery Glenunga.
If you are dining somewhere which is not participating in the initiative, this does not necessarily mean their menu is unhealthy as participation is voluntary, however, the more food businesses that participate the easier it will be for all families to enjoy healthier options. If you know a food business that may be interested in this initiative, or if you want your local food business to get involved, please encourage them to contact our project team on email@example.com or register on the Healthy Kids Menu website.
What’s in it for you?
Providing you with a greater selection and removing the challenge of finding healthy, affordable and delicious food when dining out with kids, makes it easier for you to make healthy choices for your family. Additionally, children will experience how eating healthy food can be fun and tasty and you can be assured that they are getting the variety of nutrients they need to grow, learn and play.