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Air traveler should consume healthy: Weqaya-approved healthy food is a secret

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Etihad Airways was this week recognized for its commitment to tourists’ health and wellbeing after revealing it will become the very first airline in the Middle East to offer Weqaya-approved meal choices onboard its flights.The Department of

Health(DoH)acknowledged the efforts of the UAE’s national provider at an event at SIAL Middle East 2017, one of the region’s leading events devoted to the food, drink and hospitality sectors, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority

With the support of DoH, Etihad Airways’ plans to use well balanced meal alternatives on its flights which adhere to the standards of the Weqaya programme are a considerable action towards supplying passengers a much healthier journey.Etihad Airways will work carefully with DoH to make sure meals used in a pilot stage fulfill the stringent Weqaya food requirements. Meals must be abundant in minerals, vitamins and fiber, and low in hydrogenated fats and salt, to carry the official Weqaya mark.Etihad Airways will start presenting the brand-new menu options throughout its lounges and onboard all classes– First, Organisation and Economy– on flights from April 2018. In December 2016, Etihad Aviation Group introduced Weqaya-approved meal alternatives to its 6 personnel restaurants.Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services, and Linda Celestino, Etihad Airways Vice President Visitor Experience and Shipment, accepted the certificate of recognition on behalf of Etihad Airways. Dr. Bastaki stated: “It is so important for Etihad Airways to start integrating healthy meals into our services and product. With a boost in diseases such as diabetes and obesity in our society, it makes sense for us to target this next area to further improve our food offering for all guests. Working closely with HoD will supply the support to develop this brand-new and amazing initiative. “Linda Celestino added:”We are definitely delighted to have actually been granted our Weqaya status by HoD, and we are excited for all of our staff and guests to see the distinct Weqaya logo design next to the healthy

choices on our onboard menus along with in our lounges and personnel canteens.”As the very first airline in the region to introduce Weqaya-approved healthy food alternatives on board Economy, Organisation and First Class cabins, Etihad Airways when again proves to be ahead of the curve, leading the way and setting an excellent example within

the industry, towards a much healthier future.”Dr. Omniyat Al Hajeri, Director of Public Health Division stated:”The efforts of the Department of Health to supply healthy food in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi continue. Cooperation with Etihad Airways is a presentation that our efforts to making Abu Dhabi a healthy society understands no borders or distances.Following a healthy lifestyle is our supreme goal, that makes us make sure that health alternatives are readily available to them anywhere, anytime, even thousands of miles from the earth.” “We thank Etihad Airways for their dedication to supplying healthy onboard options, and their efforts to enhance

the health and wellbeing of their travelling consumers, specifically those who already welcome a healthy lifestyle as they will be ensured that their healthy meal satisfies the highest requirements. The Abu Dhabi Health Department remains in line with their healthy lifestyle. “Al Hajeri added. DoH’s Weqaya Nutrition Program was released in September 2013 to raise awareness about healthy food items offered at food outlets in the Emirate, while encouraging the outlets to increase their healthy offerings. HoD teamed up with the Quality Conformity Council(QCC )and Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority(ADFCA)to upgrade the standards. Weqaya Food program will help contribute to the effective decrease of threat elements related to major non-communicable illness, such as heart illness and hypertension. To see the criteria of the Weqaya Food Program or to take part in it, please visit: weqaya.haad.ae

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