Council, 13 December 2018.
Healthy eating is essential for good health and wellbeing, and supports a healthy, productive community. Providing a healthy eating environment is one of the key ways to promote wellbeing.
A healthy food environment is associated with positive health outcomes, meaning it is important that local authorities help lead the way in their communities by providing healthy eating settings. Under this Policy the Council aims to make healthy food choices the easy ones.
The Policy supports the Council to:
The Policy applies to all Council facilities and Council events and includes:
While the provision and consumption of healthy food and drink options is strongly encouraged, the Policy does not apply to:
This Policy supports the Council’s efforts to provide an environment that consistently offers and promotes healthy food and drink options via the following guidelines:
The Policy promotes and encourages the provision of healthy food and drink options with visitors, vendors, lessees, and sponsors through consistent, evidence-based nutrition messages.
Leases, sponsorships, agreements, partnerships, fundraisers, associations and promotions relating to Council facilities and events involving products and brands that are consistent with a healthy food and drink environment are preferred.
Implementation of the Healthy Food Policy will be informed by standards such as the health sector developed Healthy Food and Drink Guidelines (see Schedule One).
This will be done through a staged approach to move food provision to a greater proportion of ‘green’ offerings by reducing ‘amber’ ones and where possible eliminating ‘red’ offerings.
Guidance for promoting and implementing healthy food and drink options, through a baseline audit, developing and implementing healthy food milestones, monitoring and review, is provided in Schedule Two.
This means that the relevant areas of Council will develop their own plans and approaches as resources allow, taking into account factors such as how to influence consumer demand and expectations, and assessing revenue impacts and opportunities.
(Summarised and adapted from criteria developed by the National District Health Board Food and Drink Environment Network, to be used as a benchmarking tool for Council.)
The purpose of the food and drink categories is to provide a practical way for food service providers and caterers to categorise foods for benchmarking purposes. Foods should not, however, be labelled with the colours or promoted using a traffic light labelling system.
Foods and drinks are placed into three categories according to their nutrient content.
These foods and drinks are part of a healthy diet. Green category products must consist only of green category foods, drinks, and ingredients. They are consistent with the Healthy Food and Drink Policy Principles reflecting a variety of foods from the four food groups including:
These foods and drinks are not considered part of an everyday diet, but may have some nutritive value. Foods and drinks in this category can contribute to consuming excess energy, and are often more processed.
The amber category contains a wide variety of foods and drinks, some healthier than others. Amber category products can contain a mixture of green and / or amber foods, drinks, and ingredients.
Where possible provide the healthier options within this category e.g. a potato top pie instead of a standard pie.
These foods and drinks are of poor nutritional value and high in saturated fat, added sugar, and / or added salt and energy. They can easily contribute to consuming excess energy. These are often highly processed foods and drinks.
Healthy food and drinks should be the easy choice. Within a food service (e.g. cafeteria, catered event, shop, or vending machine), green category foods and drinks should predominate. This means that they should make up most of food and drinks available for consumption. Over time, organisations should aim to increase the proportion of green healthy foods and drinks.
Green category items:
dominate the food and drinks available (most of the choices available)
are displayed prominently on shelves, benches, cabinets and vending machines
are always available in sufficient quantities to be the predominant option.
Amber category items:
Red category items: