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Time’s up on sugar hit

Friday, 1st December, 2017

Tracy Herlihy (from left), Britt Griffiths, Stacey Evers, Melanie Blair, and Sam Greville are all behind healthier options for staff and visitors to local health facilities. Tracy Herlihy (from left), Britt Griffiths, Stacey Evers, Melanie Blair, and Sam Greville are all behind healthier options for staff and visitors to local health facilities.

Sugary drinks with no nutritional value are being removed from Far West Local Health District facilities to make way for healthier options.

Healthy choices will make up at least 75 per cent of the offering of vending machines, cafes and catering services.

“We are a health facility and should be providing healthy options for all staff and visitors,” said Ms Tracy Herlihy, Dietitian Far West LHD, in a statement.

She said healthier choices were fundamental to good health.

“Reducing overweight and obesity is a priority for the NSW Government as it is associated with a wide range of chronic health conditions including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and some cancers,” said Ms Herlihy.

“Eating too many unhealthy foods and not enough healthy foods is a major contributor to overweight and obesity - one in two adults and more than one in five children in NSW are overweight or obese.

“However no single action will be able to tackle overweight and obesity. 

The health service aims to support our staff and visitors to make the healthy choices by increasing the availability of healthy options to 75% or more of the menu, and decreasing the availability of less healthy options to no more than 25% of the menu, including the removal of sugary drinks for sale.

The Far West LHD hopes to be compliant by start of January 2018 at the Broken Hill Hospital.

Vending machine representatives are being consulted as well. The compliancy requirements also extend to LHD facilities outside of Broken Hill.

Drinks that don’t meet the Healthy Choices criteria will be phased out and replaced with alternatives.

Next year, the campaign extends to include food sales, using four focus areas: product availability, product quality, product size and marketing.

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