New Users Registration  |  Useful Links  |  FAQ  |  Site Map 
 
Go Search

 

Skip Navigation LinksHealth Xchange > News
  News Article  
 

Healthier food cheaper at hospitals

 
  Wednesday, 01 l 12 l 2010 Source:  The Straits Times   
By: Poon Chian Hui
     
 

SOME public hospitals are leading the way in offering healthy hawker fare. One can get brown rice, low-fat milk and purple wheat noodles at no extra cost, or even at discounted rates, at the food courts there. At Singapore General Hospital, steamed chicken brown rice goes for 40 cents cheaper than the regular white rice version at its food court, and brown rice and vermicelli are 40 cents cheaper than white rice and vermicelli.  

At KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), brown rice and vermicelli are offered at the food court at no extra cost. The same goes for purple wheat noodles at the Japanese stall and toasted oats instead of peanuts in popiah.  

Tan Tock Seng Hospital has vending machines dispensing low-sugar and sugar-free drinks, while National University Hospital will be placing stickers on healthier food options at its food court stalls. Dr Grace Soon, a nutritionist and acting deputy director of the nutrition department at the Health Promotion Board (HPB), said some hospitals began pricing brown rice, wholegrain products and healthier drinks more attractively in July this year.  

Meanwhile, the food court at KKH, which like the others is open to the public, is increasing the serving size of vegetables, educating customers on the fat and calorie content of garnishes like fried anchovies and shallots, as well as offering low-fat milk in drinks and desserts. The response has been encouraging, said KKH’s chief dietitian Christine Ong.  

Studies done last October and November showed that 15 per cent of customers at the food courts at KKH opted for healthier fare. Beyond food courts, food outlets at the hospitals, such as O’Briens Irish Sandwich Bar and Mr Bean, are also being encouraged to get themselves certified under the HPB’s healthier restaurant programme, where they offer healthier food items on their menus.

     
 Ask the Specialists (1st - 30th Nov)
     
Gastric Pain, what can I do?
Your Gastric Pain could be a signal of a more serious condition that needs attention; or that you need a change in lifestyle. Ask our Specialist now!
     
  Your eye and contact lenses
Concerned with the side effects of wearing contact lens? Need a guide on how to take care of your eyes and lenses? Ask our Specialist now!
     
 
 Ask the Specialists - Answered Topics
             
  Aesthetic Eye   Asthma  
  Breast Cancer   Cancer and Nutrition  
  Child's Eye Conditions   Depression  
  Breast Cancer   Eczema  
  Elderly Eye Conditions   Health At Work  
  Heart Disease   LASIK  
  Low Back Pain   Maternal Depression  
  Money and Healthcare   Managing Pain  
  Pre-pregnancy   Prostate Problem  
  Risk of Heart Disease   Sleep  
  Sports Injuries   Thyroid Problems  
  Weight Management        
             
 
 Catch up with Health Xchange
 
  facebook   newsletter  
 
  twitter