Coorong cafes are lining up for their chance to be a part of the Coorong Healthy Highways project, with 23 businesses signed for the unique Murraylands project.
Over the next month, the CHH project team will have a dietician travelling the Dukes, Princes and Mallee highways, to food outlets to advise on healthier menu options.
This activity is a unique opportunity offered exclusively to businesses signed up to the Coorong Healthy Highways initiative, and will help grow the number of nutritious menus across the district.
Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch said although Coorong Healthy Highways was in its early stages, he was confident it would bring excellent health and economic outcomes.
“Already we have an increasing number of businesses signing up; public intrigue growing and we are pleased to have support from health experts to help drive this initiative. However, this is just the start,” Mayor Jaensch says.
“We’ve done our research here in the Coorong. We know people want healthier foods when they’re on the road, and we can’t find another project quite like this in Australia.
“It’s gaining momentum, and with an official launch of the Coorong Healthy Highways mobile website set for later this year, we’re going to make it even easier for the travelling public to find out exactly where they can get their hands on healthy foods.”
The project now has 23 businesses signed up, with one of the first being Cafe 20B in Tailem Bend, owned by young entrepreneur Danni Paterson.
“There’s a growing trend in the industry to sell healthier food, and while we already offer many nutritious items, Coorong Healthy Highways will help me promote them better,” Ms Paterson says.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and something I wouldn’t be able to do on my own. I’m hoping the support from people in the health and marketing industries will not only bring more people through my doors, but also help me contribute to the wider community health agenda.
OPAL Program Manager Tanja Morgan who is leading the CHH project said initiatives like this took a lot of work to develop and test, and was excited that the Coorong Council was investing in it.
“We know sedentary behaviour and unhealthy diet can lead to an increased risk of chronic conditions. This project offers a helpful approach to increase accessibility of healthy foods to those who spend extended time sitting in their vehicles when travelling longer distances in particular,” Mrs Morgan added.
The project and its website (cooronghealthyhighways.com.au) will be launched later this year. In the meantime, local business wishing to sign up can contact Coorong OPAL Program Manager Tanja Morgan on 0427 859 550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.