Singaporeans are consuming 300 more calories than is required each day, more than double the average just 12 years ago. Such a dietary trend is dangerous, since the additional calories potentially translate to a host of health-related problems, including diabetes, in the future.
Working with the Health Promotion Board, NTUC Foodfare introduced a healthier menu at its foodcourt in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in 2011. Calories in-take are printed out clearly in receipts and on menu boards, and food items that are below 500 calories are specially labelled, to encourage diners to choose the healthier meal.
Today, all stalls at Foodfare’s food courts and coffee shops have at least one healthier item on their menu, and there are about 200 healthier choice items across Foodfare outlets. Additionally, since February 2016 “kosong” kopi, teh and milo as well as healthier choice canned drinks are sold at about $0.20 cheaper than other drinks option, to encourage diners to choose healthy.
Foodfare’s CEO Perry Ong explained, “To eat healthily is a habit that will take some time to cultivate, and giving diners the option is the first step towards encouraging people to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle.” He added, “As one of the providers for cooked food in Singapore, Foodfare is committed to make available healthier meals at all our outlets.”