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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 drinks

By 31 December 2017, all Sydney Local Health District hospitals and facilities will swap soft drinks and energy drinks for water, 99 per cent juices, milk and diet drinks.

The strongest evidence for a link between sugar intake and overweight and obesity is in the consumption of sugary drinks. Water is always the healthiest choice of drink to reduce sugar intake and maintain a healthy diet.

Retail outlets in RPA have already made these changes. 

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.