Light bulbs, shower heads and sausage sizzles

The traditional sausage sizzle fundraiser is being given a healthy makeover as part of a scheme to improve Kiwis’ health.

The Government’s flagship chronic disease prevention programme Healthy Families is trying to convince charities to sell healthier foods, rather than the traditional fried sausages on white bread with tomato sauce.

Healthy Families Christchurch convinced the organisers of a major fun run event to make their sausage sizzle healthier and include healthy food vendors.

Is there no end to these people’s madness?  

Family violence support service Aviva, which was the official sausage sizzle provider at the fun run, agreed to replace white bread for wholemeal, use low sugar tomato sauce, ditch the margarine and offer coleslaw with each sausage.

Aviva marketing and funding manager Julie McCloy​ said no-one noticed the changes and many even welcomed the coleslaw.

She said she would use the healthier version of the traditional fundraiser next time.

“People love sausage sizzles so if you can make it a little bit healthier, why not?”

There are 10 Healthy Families initiatives around New Zealand, introduced under former Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Just quietly, budget brown bread is barely healthier than budget white bread.  Frequently the brown part is mostly colouring.

It is a fallacy to take a food that is part of a treat, an occasional “transgression” in your otherwise super-healthy diet and campaign against it being unhealthy.  But nobody is getting their regular meals from a fundraising sausage sizzle.

The other issue is that the government is once more trying to decide what you can and can’t do with your life.  Not that long ago, they insisted that sausage sizzles would have to improve their hygiene standards.  People were to use gloves and those handling money could not handle food.

The regulations actually had to exempt sausage sizzles as they would have required all sorts of other health and safety related changes.

But now the government is back again.   It’s apparently small issues like shower heads and light bulbs that will really hit to the core of voters.  Mess with their sausage sizzles at your peril.



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