The National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) was announced by the Council of Australian Government (COAG) in 2008, providing $872.1 million to health prevention and promotion over the next 9 years. The NPAPH aims to address the rising prevalence of lifestyle related chronic disease by laying the foundations for healthy behaviours in the daily lives of Australians through settings such as communities, early childhood education and care environments, schools and workplaces, supported by national social marketing campaigns.

The ‘Healthy Workers’ strategy aims to support workplace health programs that focus on decreasing rates of overweight and obesity, increasing levels of activity and intake of fruit and vegetables, smoking cessation and reducing harmful levels of alcohol consumption. The Commonwealth has allocated $294.3 million to this strategy, of which $289.1 million was made available to state and territory governments from 1 July 2011 to support health promotion activities in workplaces. The remaining funds are being used by the Commonwealth to support the implementation of state and territory activities at both a local and national level. This includes a National Healthy Workers website, a portal and toolkit for employers, a quality framework for health promotion programs in workplaces and national awards for best practice in workplace health programs.

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Along with the generalist services provided by HWWA, the DoH has contracted a range of other not-for-profit agencies to deliver specific support around smoking, physical activity, healthy eating and the uptake of active transport. The Cancer Council WA - Fresh Start smoking cessation program Department of Transport - Travel Smart active travel program Diabetes WA - Get on Track Challenge and My Healthy Balance Finally, the WA School Canteen Association has been charged with the task of tackling workplace food environments, under the program ‘Healthy Choices Healthy Futures’.

Healthy Choices Healthy Future

With so many of us spending a large part of our day at work, we tend to also consume a large portion of food and drink over the course of a working day.

For some of us, our meals might be provided by an on-site café or staff canteen; others might be lured to the vending machine or the chocolate fundraising box for a quick fix. Perhaps a food van visits the workplace or you take advantage of the catering provided at a meeting. Whatever the source of food and drink is at your workplace, being able to select healthy choices is important.

The Healthy Choices Healthy Futures (HCHF) program can provide advice, support and recommendations for any workplace food environment. There are also a range of tools and resources that have been designed specifically for each food environment.

Catering Food and drink provided
at functions and events,
including training courses,
meetings and functions
provided by an external
provider or by internal
Onsite cafe /
kiosk / canteen
The canteen, kiosk,
or café at the
The food and drink
available through
onsite machine/s.
The facilities provided
to workers e.g. microwave,
provision of milk,
coffee etc.
'On the Go' workforce Food and drink
consumed by a mobile
or ‘on the road’
Self catering Food and drink bought
from home.
Offsite purchase Food and drink
bought from a local
Food van The provision of
food and drink by
an external mobile
Fundraising Food and drink
at fundraising or
social club events,
and used as gifts
or rewards.
Informal food supply The food and drink
provided at staff
birthdays or impromptu
workplace functions.

Healthy Choices Healthy Future

The Healthy Choices Healthy Futures (HCHF) program has a range of tools and resources that have been designed specifically for each food environment.

To order print versions of our resources, click here to download a resource order form.

The Healthy Choices Healthy Futures (HCHF) program offers free advice, support and recommendations, on their workplace food environments.

  • Green items:

    Examples include fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low fat dairy products, wholegrains, eggs and legumes.

    nutritional value

    Low in saturated fat, added sugar and salt.

  • Amber items:

    Examples include low-sugar drinks, full-fat dairy products and white varieties of breads and cereals.

    nutritional value

    Moderate amounts of saturated fat, added sugar and salt.

  • Red items:

    Examples include sweet biscuits, confectionary, sugar sweetened drinks and deep fried foods.

    nutritional value

    High in saturated fat, added sugar and salt.

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