A Better Choice
About A Better Choice
A Better Choice – Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Health Facilities (PDF 7150 kB) (A Better Choice) is a strategy based on the Australian Dietary Guidelines and applies a traffic light system to classify food and drinks as:
- GREEN: Best nutritional value – choose mostly
- AMBER: Some nutritional value – choose carefully
- RED: Limited or no nutritional value – choose rarely.
A Better Choice aims to improve the availability and promotion of healthier food and drinks in Queensland Health facilities and workplaces. Other government departments, organisations and community groups will also benefit from implementing the strategy.
To support implementation, the strategy should be used with the following guides:
- A Better Choice Food classification guide (PDF 7855 kB)
- A Better Choice Drinks classification guide (PDF 8785 kB)
Scope of A Better Choice
A Better Choice applies in any outlet, setting or situation where food and/or drinks are sold, provided, promoted and advertised to staff and visitors, including but not limited to retail outlets, vending machines, coffee carts and staff social clubs. Catering and fundraising activities are also within scope.
A Better Choice does not apply to food and drinks that staff and visitors bring to facilities for their own personal consumption or to food service meals and snacks provided to admitted hospital, residential and aged-care patients.
Health Service Directive Healthier Drinks at Healthcare Facilities
The Health Service Directive Healthier Drinks at Healthcare Facilities (PDF 102 kB), mandates that from 1 July 2019 any drinks sold, provided, promoted and advertised at Hospital and Health Service facilities are only healthier drinks.
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