BC Ferries earns Heart and Stroke Foundation's Health Check symbol - Healthy options added to ship's menu



    VANCOUVER, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - BC Ferries just made it easier for
travellers to make healthy food choices onboard its vessels with the
announcement today that the company has joined the Health Check(TM) BC Dining
Program. The two organizations unveiled six new Health Check menu items that
meet the program's nutrient standards based on Canada's Food Guide.
    "We are delighted to bring BC Ferries on as our latest addition to the
Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program," says Bobbe Wood, President and CEO of the
Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon.
    Based on the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's successful Health
Check(TM) grocery store program, the Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program works
with restaurants to create menu items that are not only nutritious, but
delicious as well.
    "Being able to provide these healthy and tasty options on our vessels is
very exciting," says Geoff Dickson, Vice President of Food, Retail and
Catering for BC Ferries. "We're happy to offer our customers more healthy
dining options and also support the work of the Heart and Stroke Foundation."

    BC Ferries' new Health Check menu items include:
    - Smart Start breakfast sandwich
    - Granola with yogurt and fruit
    - Poached egg & ham with toast & fruit
    - Wild B.C. salmon with rice & vegetables
    - Grilled chicken salad and
    - Spinach salad with shrimp

    All items will initially be available on vessels servicing the Tsawwassen
- Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen - Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay - Departure Bay
routes.
    "Government is working in partnership with the Heart and Stroke
Foundation to support consumers in making healthier choices when dining out,"
said Minister of State for ActNow BC Gordon Hogg. "In February 2006,
government provided $535,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to support the
Health Check Dining pilot program. This year, a further $250,000 has been
provided to Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon to support the pilot
project. We're moving further towards reaching our goal of making B.C. the
healthiest jurisdiction ever to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
    At a time where nearly 25 per cent of Canadian household food dollars are
spent on dining out, the Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program is designed to
help British Columbians make healthy choices when they eat out. All
participating menu items are evaluated by the Foundation's dietitians and must
meet specific nutrient standards based on Canada's Food Guide. In addition,
the restaurant provides an explanatory message and nutrition information for
each menu item.

    About the Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program:

    The Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program, funded by the provincial
government, is a pilot food information program designed to improve the health
of British Columbians by providing healthier menu options in BC restaurants.
The program supports local producers and celebrates the many healthy products
that are produced in British Columbia by featuring BC food products when
available.
    Health Check (www.healthcheck.org) is a program of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada (www.heartandstroke.ca) - a volunteer-based health
charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their
impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living and advocacy.




For further information:

For further information: on the Health Check(TM) BC Dining Program,
please contact: Melissa McAfee, PR & Communication, (604) 307-9981; on BC
Ferries, please contact: Deborah Marshall, Media Relations, (250) 978-1267


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