Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Go Healthy Restaurant

In Fiji almost all fast food shops sell fried foods that have lots of fats and salt to make the food tasty, which we have been told is not good for us.

Would government give a 3 or 5 year tax free concession to restaurants that sell only healthy foods? It’s just a suggestion to lure restaurant owners to go healthy.  I am sure there are lots of people like me who will only eat there and support the go healthy signal that is being sent to us by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Doctor Tukana, head of the Non communicable Diseases section of the MOH.

We can also market these eateries to tourists and visitors to our shores. Our tourism banner will tell the tourist about fun in the sun and eat a healthy meal in Fiji at our Go Healthy restaurants located all over Fiji. Even hotels can be offered this. Business houses, when having business lunches or dinners can also use these places to eat out and support good health. Many business people are so busy that they stress themselves out with meetings and making huge business decisions that is making Fiji grow economically and they forget to eat healthy. They will also order a fast food snack because it’s fast to cook and tasty, and in reality, very unhealthy. Lots of pot bellies in business houses.

To get restaurant owners to go healthy we give them incentives like the tax free holiday. We have been giving hotels and manufacturers tax free holidays, why not offer this also to approved restaurants and the impact will be seen in our people having somewhere to eat healthy foods. And how they will maintain their standards, people who eat there will fill out question and answer forms that will be submitted to the Ministry of Health as feed back.


Fast Food Options to save lives! said…
There is NO excuse in Fiji for fast-food outlets not offering:

Chopped Salads
Mini-hamburgers with tomato and greens in the filling
Frozen yoghurt iced in local flavours

Low fat options for coffee with milk or soya milk cappucini

These are all on sale overseas and most of our visitors would prefer this to keep up their healthy food options

Calories should appear on menus and the salt and fat content shown

Flat and carbonated mineral waters should be offered BY LAW at all fast-food outlets.

Time to bring in a Fiji Mineral Water with fizz. In a hot climate that should see off all the carbonated sugar waters that pass for a drink. They are packaged diabetes!

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