Who wants healthier choices? Most people, apparently

Megan Jamison poses with the display she has put together at the Community Centre that outlines the work she has done on the City's push to offer users of the centre and the arena healthier snack and beverage choices. David F. Rooney photo

By David F. Rooney

Sure chips, candy and other forms of junk food may be among the most easily accessed digestible products you can find at the Community Centre and the Forum, but that could soon be a thing of the past as the City moves towards providing healthier food choices at these two major venues.

“We recently conducted a survey that showed most people want healthier choices in food and drink,” says Megan Jamison, who has been working on the City’s push towards healthier food. “But there are still some people who want a few unhealthier options such as chips left for those who want them.”

Jamison said she is working on a report regarding what people want to see offered. The top choices people would like to see are fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable juices, wraps, salads, yogurt and granola bars. Some of these food items would have to be offered via refrigerated vending machines while others, such as the salads and wraps would have to be produced on the spot by the concession at the Forum.

She said 40 communities in BC have already dispensed with the old unhealthy food options and are now offering healthier food choices to people while another 30 communities, such as Revelstoke, are moving in that direction.

Jamison has created a display board regarding the healthier options available that includes the results of her survey. You can check it out for yourself at the Community Centre.