Key messages

  • A large proportion of the Australian food dollar is spent on food and drinks outside the home. Food outlets play a key role in supporting Victorians to eat healthy food.
  • Healthy Choices provides a framework for increasing healthier foods and drinks available through food and drink retail outlets, vending machines and workplace catering.

Encouraging healthy choices outside the home is an essential part of helping people to eat well and be healthy.

Healthy Choices is a framework for improving provision and promotion of healthier foods and drinks that are available in the community through food and drink retail outlets, vending machines and workplace catering.

Diagram showing integrated approach between health centres, workplaces and recreation facilities and parks.

The framework includes:

  • a classification guide that explains how foods and drinks are categorised as GREEN (best choices), AMBER (choose carefully) or RED (limit)
  • policy resources to support the application of Healthy Choices in hospitals and health services, workplaces, sport and recreation centres and parks and recreational reserves
  • online resources via the Health Eating Advisory Service.

Healthy eating advisory service

The Healthy eating advisory service (HEAS) is delivered by Nutrition Australia, and includes online learning and menu assessment tools and information and advice about putting Healthy Choices into practice. The service provides guidance on planning a healthy menu, and offers recipes and food ideas.

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