Entries open – Queensland Healthy Kids Menu Award

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is proud to sponsor the first Healthy Kids Menu Award for Queensland restaurants and cafes.

This award is an exciting new edition to the Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence in 2020.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Dr Robyn Littlewood said cafes and restaurants had 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 continue working to improve children’s menus in Queensland restaurants and cafes following the Awards event in November 2020.

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

“I want to acknowledge what a difficult year this has been for venues. 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 4pm Monday 24 August 2020.

The successful venue will receive fabulous marketing and advertising opportunities and be presented with a trophy at the 2020 QLD & NT Awards for Excellence annual gala dinner on Monday 9 November 2020 at the Howard Smith Wharves. 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.

Each finalist in the awards is evaluated by independent judges.

About the sponsor – Health and Wellbeing Queensland

Health and Wellbeing Queensland is an independent health promotion agency established to improve the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders, and reduce health inequities. HWQld’s initial focus on reducing the risk factors that drive the chronic disease burden such as poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity.

Find out more about HWQld