Changes to food and drink choices in our facilities

Making healthy choices easier

March 2018

Changes to food and drink choices in our facilities

Changes to food and drink choices in our facilities

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

The aim is to make healthy choices easier.

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 will lead the way for our patients and visitors. We hope these changes will help our community better understand the link between food and drinks and maintaining a healthy weight.

Across Sydney Local Health District, we have swapped soft drinks and energy drinks for water, 99 per cent juices, milk and diet drinks at all retail outlets and vending machines.

Water is always the healthiest drink and we encourage our staff and visitors to ‘make water your drink’, but there are a range of popular, healthy drink options available. These include fruit juices with no added sugar, diet drinks, tea, coffee and both flavoured and plain milk drinks.

Freshly prepared juices, including those from juice bars and bottled juices without added sugar (99-100% juice) are a good source of a range of vitamins and flavoured and plain milk drinks (including milkshakes) are an excellent source of calcium, protein and B vitamins.

In 2018, changes will be introduced to the foods available and portion sizes.

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


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