Increasing healthy eating
The food and drink we consume plays an important role in our health and wellbeing. A healthy diet helps to maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease and protect against premature death.
During the early years of life, good nutrition is essential for normal growth and physical and cognitive development. It also establishes good eating patterns that can be carried into adulthood.
Diet-related chronic conditions are among the leading causes of death and disability in Australia. Chronic diseases such as heart disease, bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes are often related to not eating enough nutritious foods and eating too much food that is high in energy, saturated fat, added sugars and/or salt.
Our food choices are influenced by our food environment. This includes the shops, sports venues and workplaces we frequent, as well as schools and facilities we attend and the media we are exposed to. Too often these settings are dominated by unhealthy foods and drinks which makes healthy choices difficult.
We know people are more likely to choose to eat healthier food when they are empowered to make these choices. If we want to make meaningful and sustained changes in the way we eat, we must improve our food environments to make it easier for Canberrans to make healthier choices.
What we want to achieve
- Lower intakes of energy-dense, nutrient poor (discretionary) foods and drinks.
- Increased consumption of vegetables.
What is the ACT Government already doing in this area?
Healthier Choices Canberra
Bush Tucker program
Healthy food and drink marketing
Healthy food and drink policies
ACT Health Promotion Grants Program
Addressing food security
Drinking water fountains
Community Garden Grants Program
|Fresh Tastes |
Fresh Tastes continues to support ACT primary schools to embed a healthy food and drink culture with a key focus to build and maintain the capacity of ACT educators to deliver high-quality nutrition education in schools.
|ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy |
ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy promotes a consistent, whole school approach to the provision and sale of healthy food and drinks in ACT public schools and aligns with the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines.