HOTELS in Ireland are being urged to join the fight against childhood obesity in the latest set of guidelines from the Irish Hotels Federation.
The Federation is to provide chefs across the country with advice on how to offer more nutritious meals for parents and their children.
The IHF says the fact that Irish hotels and guesthouses will prepare more than five million meals for children this year presents a perfect opportunity to promote healthy eating among their younger guests.
The voluntary guidelines state that there should be an increase of whole-wheat and oats on menus, less fried foods, and the inclusion of meats that are nutritious and not processed. Menus should also provide an alternative to fizzy drinks.
The IHF represents 1000 members and it says a substantial number of them are set to sign up to the scheme, which is to be rolled out from May 2008.