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Making healthy choices easier

Making healthy choices easier

Sydney Local Health District is making changes to the food and drink choices available in our hospitals and health facilities.

The aim is to make healthy choices easier.

The changes are part of a state-wide effort to reduce overweight and obesity and the NSW Health ‘Healthy Food and Drink’ framework provides best practice guidelines to increase the availability of healthy options.

Did you know?

  • One in two adults in NSW are overweight or obese.
  • One in five children in NSW are overweight or obese.
  • Only seven per cent of adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables
  • Only 54 per cent of adults eat the recommended amount of fruit.

By making healthier choices easier in the health environment and limiting sugary food and drinks, we hope our community will better understand the link between food and drinks and maintaining a healthy weight.

The changes do not apply to food and drink provided to patients in hospital, which are guided by the NSW Health Nutrition Care Policy.

Changes to the food availability and options introduced in 2018 include:

  • Vending machines will be stocked with at least 75% everyday food and drinks
  • Muesli bars have a Health Star Rating of 3.5 stars or above
  • Sweet muffins meet the portion size limit of 80g
  • Confectionary and packaged salty snacks meet the portion size limit of 50g 
  • Foods and drinks placed at eye level on shelves are Everyday foods and drinks only
  • Food and drink advertising materials are supportive of Everyday foods and drinks (i.e. on vending machine)

Read more about the NSW Health Healthy Food and Drink in NSW Health Facilities for Staff and Visitors Framework at www.health.nsw.gov.au/heal/Pages/healthy-food-framework.aspx and for more information contact healthyfood@moh.health.nsw.gov.au  or call 1800 930 966.