Mandurah Mustangs kick junk food off the menu

The Mandurah Mustangs Junior Football Club have kicked junk food off the menu after receiving a Healthway grant earlier this year.

Grants of up to $4000 were available to purchase canteen equipment and train canteen managers on how to provide healthier food and drink options.

With the grant, the club have been able to create a healthier food environment in its canteen by launching the Fuel to Go and Play initiative.

Visiting the launch at Rushton Park on Saturday, Mandurah MP David Templeman said the move to healthier eating choices was important.

"I must admit I love the old pie at the footy," he said laughing.

"But the idea is you provide some healthy choices which underpins the promotion of healthy eating and a healthier lifestyle for the kids and families.

"What they are doing to promote healthy eating and active sport is incredible and it's really important."

The revitalised menu now offers a range of healthier options such as toasted sandwiches, fruit toast, popcorn and fresh fruit.

Canteen volunteer Shaye-Lee Bohan-Bilson and canteen manager Gloria Kiriena. Photo: Claire Sadler.

Canteen volunteer Shaye-Lee Bohan-Bilson and canteen manager Gloria Kiriena. Photo: Claire Sadler.

Mandurah Mustangs canteen manager Gloria Kiriena, who applied for the grant, said the move to healthier choices had been easy due to Healthway's support.

"Healthway have a lot of things they've given us," she said.

"Through their support we've now got menu planning, a new fridge layout, and promotional materials."

The Mandurah Mustangs Junior Football Club were also able to give out free fruit and menu samples through the support of Halo Team Inc.

"Halo helped way more than they had to," Ms Kiriena said.

"They even donated all of the fruit for the launch."

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With five home games being played at the launch, Mandurah Mustangs hope it encouraged other sporting clubs to join the healthy eating "train".

"Mustangs are the trailblazers and are leading the way," Mr Templeman said.

"It is great they are embarking on this initiative and are encouraging other clubs to do it also."