What is healthy catering?
Healthy eating is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy catering is about providing people with a variety of foods from each of the five core food groups to enable healthy choices to be easy choices.
Why provide healthy catering?
It is essential that catered functions (including all situations where food and drink is served) model the key nutrition messages of the Eat for Health Australian Dietary Guidelines and your organisations' values regarding nutrition, the promotion of a healthy weight and responsible alcohol consumption.
5 tips for healthy catering
The menu for all functions should:
include a variety of foods including plenty of plant based foods such as vegetables, fruit, legumes (beans and chickpeas) and grain
based foods (preferably wholegrain) such as breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, noodles and rice.
include vegetarian options
include moderate amounts of lean meats, skinless poultry, fish and reduced fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt)
limit saturated fat (e.g. replace butter with unsaturated margarine)
always include water (tap, mineral or soda water). Other drinks such as tea and coffee and 100% fruit juice can also be provided.
Handy hint: Look at the foods you are serving. Is there plenty of colour? If not, add more fruit and vegetables.
Guidelines for healthy catering
HELPP has developed a range of resources with caterers and other organisations which are available to download to assist in providing healthy catering:
A Guide to Healthy Catering - Healthy Food Choices in your organisation 210114 (PDF 3MB) This A4 Booklet provides the process for working within your organisation to develop a healthy catering list with your preferred caterers. It also includes other documents to assist with ordering healthy catering
8 tips for healthy catering 210114 (PDF 481KB) Includes basic tips for providing healthy catering and includes the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines and Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
Healthy Catering Suggestions for Local Government Organisations portraitTABLE 210114 (PDF 323KB) This table includes healthy suggestions for catering in Local Government
A Guide to Healthy Catering - Healthy Food Choices in your organisation 210114 (PDF 3MB) Provides the process for working within your organisation to develop a healthy catering list with your preferred caterers. It also includes other documents to assist with ordering healthy catering
Healthy Catering Suggestions A5 Booklet 210114 (PDF 586KB) This is the go-to resource when you want to look up a food item quickly to see if it fits your organisation’s healthy eating policy.This A5 booklet is a companion resource to the A4 Healthy Food Choices in Local Government; A Guide to Healthy Catering
Healthy Eating Policy
HELPP supports local government and non-government organisations to develop healthy eating policy.
Below are examples of some organisations that have used the HELPP Healthy Eating Policy Template (PDF 45KB) to develop their healthy eating/wellbeing policy:
Many local governments are in the process of developing healthy eating policy. Below are case studies of two local governments and the process they went through to have their healthy eating policies endorsed: