Healthier food choices at Canberra Hospital
Dr Paul Kelly, Chief Health Officer, today announced the launch of the public consultation process, including a discussion paper, for a new initiative aimed at making a greater choice of healthy food and drinks available for visitors, volunteers and staff at Canberra Hospital and other ACT Health facilities.
"Greater access to healthy choices will be provided through ACT Health food outlets, staff cafeteria, vending machines and at ACT Health meetings, functions, events and education sessions," Dr Kelly said.
"Healthy eating is important for promoting good health and wellbeing through all stages of life.
"We want to encourage people to choose healthier options more often, rather than foods and drinks that are high in saturated fat, salt, added sugars and excess kilojoules.
"One of the best ways to promote healthy eating is to provide a wide variety of healthy food options that are displayed prominently and are attractive to consumers," Dr Kelly said.
Food provided to patients as part of their hospital stay will not be included in the initiative as a patient's diet may be an important part of their treatment.
"The first step will be to consult widely with the public, volunteers, staff, food outlet managers and other stakeholders, to ensure this new initiative is effective in promoting healthy eating, while still providing the flexibility to cater for individual needs and preferences," Dr Kelly concluded.
The discussion paper and information about the consultation process is available on the Community Consultation section of the ACT Health website at http://health.act.gov.au/c/health a=sp&did=10010771 or by contacting the Health Improvement Branch on 6205 7382.
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