Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Healthy Menu on BC Ferries

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™ 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™ 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™ grocery store program, the Health Check™ 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 BC 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.

At a time where nearly 25 per cent of Canadian household food dollars are spent on dining out, the Health Check ™ 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™ BC Dining Program:

The Health Check™ 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. Health Check ( is a program of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ( – 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 BC Ferries Nanaimo Schedule Information use this Nanaimo Info LINK


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