The Benalla small plates pilot: Healthy meal choices for families in a rural Victorian restaurant

Kathryn McQualter, Kathryn McQualter, Frieda O'Sullivan, Donna Munari

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To create a supportive healthy eating environment in a pilot restauranti n Benalla by increasing the number of healthy, appropriately portioned meal choices for both adults and children. Meal items were classified as Green, Amber or Red based on the Victorian Healthy Choices guidelines. Meals were modified to meet the Small Plates Criteria, and promoted to customers. The number of healthy (Green) meals and the energy density of the children’s menu were compared pre and post. Restaurant sales data, staff interviews, and customer feedback were collected. The eating environment was measured pre- and post interventionusing the Small Plates Nutrition Environment Measures (NEMS) Tool. A Small Plate adult and children’s menu was created. The intervention increased the number of Green and Amber meal choices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number253
Pages (from-to)77
Number of pages1
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue numberS1
Early online date29 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventDietitians Association of Australia Annual 33rd National Conference - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 May 201621 May 2016 (Conference information)

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