Entries open – 2021 Queensland Healthy Kids Menu Award

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is proud to sponsor the Healthy Kids Menu Award for Queensland restaurants and cafes, for the second time in 2021.

After successful incorporation of the award in 2020 to the Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence, this is a great incentive for Queensland restaurants and cafes who want to help kids thrive.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Dr Robyn Littlewood said cafes and restaurants have an important role to play in supporting good nutrition for Queensland families and children, and across the state there were already many great examples of healthy kids menus in action.

“This Award recognises and celebrates the efforts of Queensland restaurants and cafes championing healthy food choices for kids.  Health and Wellbeing Queensland could not be prouder to partner with the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association and Wellbeing SA to support this initiative,” Dr Littlewood said.

“We know that childhood obesity is a significant problem, with one in four Queensland children overweight or obese. Good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential to helping children grow up healthy, and venues can be a positive force for helping to set kids up with healthy eating habits for life.”

Queensland now joins South Australia as the second state to offer a dedicated healthy kids menu award as part of the Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland will work to support venues to improve children’s menus in Queensland restaurants and cafes, following the launch of their Queensland Healthy Kids Menu initiative in June 2021.

Dr Littlewood said healthy menus were good for children and good for business.

“I want to acknowledge what a difficult year 2020 was for restaurants and cafes. The Awards for Excellence are an opportunity to gain positive promotion, recognition and encouragement for your business when this may be needed most.

“For parents, having healthy food and drink options for their children is an increasingly important factor when choosing a venue, especially at this time when there is so much increased awareness around healthy eating for ourselves and our families,” Dr Littlewood said.

Nominate your café or restaurant before Friday 13 August 2021.

The successful venue will receive fabulous marketing and advertising opportunities and be presented with a trophy at the 2021 QLD & NT Awards for Excellence annual gala dinner on Monday 11 October for South East Queensland and Wednesday 13 October for North Queensland and Northern Territory venues. The winner will receive access to a suite of ‘Healthy Kids Menu’ materials such as a guide for businesses, and branding material which can be used for venues’ promotional campaign. They will also receive promotion through the Health and Wellbeing Queensland networks.

Each finalist in the awards is evaluated by independent judges.

To find out more about the Health and Wellbeing Queensland Healthy Kids Menu initiative.