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Jamaica: Select restaurants offering meals that are ‘Better For You’

In response to the growing incidences of lifestyle diseases in Jamaica, the Ministry of Health and Wellness today announced the launch of the ‘Better For You’ programme which will be available at select restaurants islandwide.

‘Better For You’ as the name suggests, was borne out of focus groups for the national change agenda on lifestyle or non-communicable diseases (NCDs) programme ‘Jamaica Moves’, where participants indicated that due to their hectic schedules they were unable to properly prepare meals at home, thus turning to restaurants to provide their daily meals.

Using this information, the ministry’s team, led by Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton consulted with leading selected restaurant chains over the past two years to see how they could partner to devise a programme that would allow persons to have recognisable healthier options in these participating locations.

That process culminated into an agreed position for a designation of selected menu options labelled as “better for you” in participating restaurants.

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