Good nutrition is important for a healthy lifestyle and contributes to the health and wellbeing of the community. Together with physical activity, healthy eating plays a key role in preventing disease, maintaining a healthy weight and supporting children’s growth and development.
A significant proportion of the Australian food dollar is spent on foods and drinks purchased outside the home. Easy access to nutritious foods and drinks and support to make healthy choices outside the home is essential.
The Victorian Government is implementing a range of measures to put health at the centre of our everyday lives through Healthy Together Victoria. A key aspect of this work is increasing access to healthy foods and drinks in the settings where people live, learn, work and play.
Healthy Choices is a framework for improving availability and promotion of healthier foods and drinks in community settings (Figure 1).