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Making healthy drink choices easier

13 October 2017

Princess Alexandra Hospital volunteers, staff and community members joined forces to officially launch Metro South’s healthy food and drink campaign: Healthier Choices.

The thought-provoking and mouth-watering education stall in the Main Foyer showcased the project, which aims to improve access to healthy food and drinks in vending machines, cafes, and staff canteens across Metro South Health.

Project Officer Annabelle Stack said the focus was on reducing the amount of sugary soft drinks for sale, increasing the amount of healthier food and drinks, and labelling items using a ‘traffic light’ system to make it easy for visitors and staff to make healthier choices.

“The drinks fridges at the PA hospital café and coffee cart are now clearly labelled with stickers: green (healthier choice), amber (OK) or red (less healthy),” Ms Stack said.

“These changes and others have been made in response to considerable feedback from community members and staff about their food and drink preferences."

“More than 850 staff and 450 visitors from across all Metro South facilities completed a food and drink survey.

“Much of this response was down to the hard work of the fantastic volunteer services and food services teams across Metro South Health," she said.

“Together with Amber Williamson from the engagement team, they worked face-to-face with visitors to help them complete the survey.”

Ms Stack said the survey showed clearly that staff and community members wanted choice.

“While they don’t want unhealthy food and drinks banned completely, they would like to see the amount of these items reduced, with an increase in healthy food and drink choices available 24 hours a day,” she said.

“In particular, staff and visitors want to see fewer sugary drinks and fatty and greasy foods.

“They also asked for more variety in salads and sandwiches and more grab-and-go snack items.”

The Healthier Choices changes, including labelling and other point of sale education resources, were rolling out across all Metro South Health facilities.

A range of healthy food and drink vending machines were also being trialled at several hospitals, including PAH. 

Last updated 13 October 2017
Last reviewed 13 October 2017

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