Hospitals and health services play an essential leadership role in helping the health workforce and visitors make healthier food choices.

Healthy choices: policy guidelines for hospitals and health services provides guidance on improving the availability and promotion of healthier foods and drinks available on hospital and service premises. The guidelines apply to retail outlets such as cafeterias, cafes, coffee shops, canteens, mobile kiosks and vending machines on hospital premises. The guidelines do not apply to inpatient food services, client or aged-care resident meals and food and drinks brought home by staff.

These guidelines are part of a framework, which also include setting-specific policy guidelines to support the implementation of Healthy Choices in sport and recreation centres, workplaces and parks.

The framework includes the Healthy choices: food and drink classification guide, which explains how to categorise food and drinks as GREEN (best choices), AMBER (choose carefully) or RED (limit).

Advice, training and resources for putting the guidelines into practice are available from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service.

For more information and to view the guidelines visit the Healthy choices for retail outlets, vending machines and catering section.