Millennium launches special diabetes menu
Abu Dhabi, July 25, 2011
Millennium & Copthorne, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has rolled out across its hotels in Middle East a menu specially developed for diabetics in collaboration with Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi.
The new hospital-approved menu was offered in bite-sized taster portions to invited guests and passersby at a launch event at Porto Bello restaurant at Grand Millennium Al Wahda. These tasters included a choice of starters, main courses and deserts.
The menu is both tasty and nutritionally balanced, which helps those with diabetes control blood glucose levels, blood fats, and blood pressure, a statement said.
The dishes on the diabetes menu are first added to the room service menu and the buffet. The second phase will see diabetes-friendly options being developed for all of the group’s restaurants.
Millennium & Copthorne has created a new set of menu icons which includes a blue circle, based on the international symbol for diabetes, which indicates that a dish is suitable for those with diabetes.
This symbol will be placed next to all dietician-approved menu items on the room service menu, and on the buffet cards at all the hotels. Diners visiting the buffet will also be alerted to the hospital-recommended portion size.
“As Millennium & Copthorne continues to expand in the region, we aim to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” said Ali Lakhraim, president and chief executive officer of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels and Resorts.
“Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues affecting the population of the GCC and it affects people from all walks of life. Many people don’t realise how important a balanced diet can be, and for those that do, dining out can seem like a minefield. These new menu options offer guests an easy choice with tasty, nutritionally balanced and dietician approved meals bursting with flavour. We are proud to take this positive step as a responsible and responsive organisation,” he added.
John Nickens, CEO, Mafraq Hospital, said: “Around 80 per cent of Type II diabetes could be prevented through increased exercise, healthy eating and small changes in lifestyle.”
“As a hospital we have a duty to educate our community and set up preventative measures and this initiative is a great vehicle to spread the word in a positive way,” he concluded.
Mafraq Hospital, which is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha), has a fully equipped endocrine and diabetes centre dedicated to the prevention and treatment of juvenile and adult diabetes. – TradeArabia News Service