Healthy sport club canteens

Girl Eating Watermelon in Rosalind Park

We aim to help clubs or organisations to provide healthy, nutritious choices on their canteen menu.

Having an adequate diet of fruit and vegetables is important in the prevention of many major diseases. Recreational and sports settings can incorporate healthy food options into their menus and/or catering policies to minimise or exclude high fat, high sugar foods being consumed.

Download the Healthy Sporting Clubs Healthy Choices tips and hints booklet.

The Healthy Choice guidelines

The Healthy Choice guidelines classify food and drink into three categories according to their nutritional value. To promote healthy eating clubs should provide food options according to these categories. Most food should fall into the green and amber categories.

The guidelines are not designed to remove all current red category items from a sporting canteen. They are intended to give clubs information on healthier choice options.

Everyday Category – Green Foods

Green category foods and drinks are the healthiest choices. Providing a wide range of these healthy foods is important for variety. They are good sources of important nutrients and lower in fat, added sugar and salt. Examples include breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables, reduced-fat dairy products, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Select Carefully Category – Amber Foods

Amber category foods and drinks should be selected carefully and consumed in moderation. Although amber items may provide some valuable nutrients they can contribute moderate amounts of fat, added sugar or salt. Examples include regular fat milk, yoghurt and cheese, dried fruit, fruit juice and artificially sweetened drinks.

Occasionally Category - Red Foods

Red category foods are low in nutrients and are high in sugar, fat or salt, and should be eaten rarely and in very small serves. Examples include deep fried foods, lollies, chocolates, cakes, chips, pastries and soft drinks (including sports drinks).

Choose water

Did you know that an average sports drink (600ml) contains 12 teaspoons of sugar? This is equivalent to eating 4 medium lollipops at once. It takes about 40-45 minutes of brisk walking or 20-25 minutes of cycling to burn off the kilojoules contained in soft drink (for a 60kg woman).

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For more information about how we support clubs please contact us on 03 5434 6000 or [email protected]


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