Nutrition campaigns and programs - where to go for more information
Many organisations are working to improve nutrition and encouarge healthy eating in the Australian community. When combined with physical activity, a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of becoming overweight or obese and of developing a number of different chronic diseases. To find out more about some of the different programs running in Western Australia and throughout the rest of the country choose from the links below:
Western Australian campaigns
- Crunch&Sip is a set break to eat salad vegetables or fruit, and drink water in the classroom. Students re-fuel with fruit or vegetables during the morning or afternoon - assisting physical and mental performance and concentration in the classroom. Crunch&Sip is funded by Healthway and delivered by Cancer Council WA.
- LiveLighter aims to encourage Western Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles - to make changes to what they eat and drink, and to be more active. We want to help people understand why they need to take action and what simple changes they can make in order to ‘LiveLighter'. LiveLighter is funded by the Department of Health WA and delivered by Cancer Council WA.
- Food Sensations is an education program helping families to achieve a healthy diet and save money on their groceries. Our Regional Education Officers deliver a similar program called FOODcents in regional areas. Find a Regional Education Officer near you here.
- Healthier Workplace WA provides support to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace. Healthier Workplace WA is delivered by Cancer Council WA.
- Better Health Program offers a free healthy lifestyle program for kids aged 7-13 and their families.
Western Australian organisations
- Western Australian School Canteen Association Inc. (WASCA) assists schools of all education systems as well as community groups to establish and maintain healthy, profitable food services by providing information, advice, resources and training. In partnership with government health and education sectors, non-government health organisations and the business community, WASCA contributes to programs designed to improve the health of Western Australian school-aged children and adolescents.
- Foodbank WA delivers nutrition education and cooking sessions to children and adults across WA through its Food Sensations initiative. Through the School Breakfast Program, Foodbank WA also supplies Western Australian schools with healthy breakfast foods.
- Healthy Active By Design is a tool to inform the design of communities that support and promote healthy and active living.
- Adult Better Health Program is a low-cost, online, healthy lifestyle and weight management program.
- Get on Track is a free, online, team-based challenge to increase physical activity and fruit and veg consumption.
- Heart Foundation Walking is the best place to find a walking group near you!
- ParkRun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around Australia. They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in.
National organisations, websites and documents
- Diabetes Australia is a national federated body comprised of state and territory organisations supporting people with diabetes and those professional and research bodies, particularly concerned with the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Its purpose is to help all people affected by diabetes and those at risk and to contribute to the search for a cure.
- The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dietary Guidelines for All Australians are based on the best available scientific evidence and provide information for health professionals and the general population about healthy food choices. The use of the guidelines encourages healthy lifestyles that will minimise the risk of the development of diet-related diseases within the Australian population.
- Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is the national Association of the profession, with branches in each state and territory. As well as supporting its members, DAA advocates for better food and improved health in order to reduce chronic disease in the Australian population.
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand is a bi-national Government agency with the responsibility to develop and administer the ‘Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code' which lists requirements for foods such as additives, food safety, labelling and genetically modified (GM) foods.
- Healthy Weight Guide is an initiative of the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing. It provides information and advice on healthy body weight, healthy eating and physical activity.
- National Heart Foundation aims to save lives and improve health through funding cardiovascular research, providing guidelines for health professionals, informing the public and assisting people with cardiovascular disease.
- Nutrition Australia is an independent, member organisation that aims to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.
- Parents' Voice is an online network of parents, grandparents and guardians, who are interested in improving the food and physical activity environments of Australian children. It provides a forum for parents to voice their views and to collectively advocate for the improvement of children's food and physical activity environments.
- Obesity Policy Coalition aims to influence change in policy and regulation to prevent obesity.
- Healthy Choices, Healthy Futures provides free advice, support and recommendations for businesses.
- Rethink Sugar Drink produces videos, infographics and information about sugary drinks.