About the Healthy Options WA Policy

We all know about the importance of eating a healthy diet, and through the OD 0627/15 Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities (external site) (the Healthy Options WA Policy), the Department of Health is ensuring that healthy options are available to all staff and visitors at WA Health hospitals, health services and workplaces.

The Healthy Options WA Policy applies to all health services, facilities and establishments owned or contracted by WA Health including:

Mandatory documents defining the procedural requirements for implementation of the policy

Knowing your green, amber and red food and drinks

The Healthy Options WA Policy uses a traffic light system of food and drink classification based on nutrient content and is aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. It is important that you understand what items are green, amber and red so you can follow the Healthy Options WA Policy requirements.

Title: Description of green, amber and red food and drinks
Classification Description

Green

Fruit, vegetables and unprocessed grains and meats on green background
  • Excellent source of important nutrients. 
  • Low in saturated fat, added sugar and salt.
  • Examples include:
    • fruits
    • vegetables
    • legumes
    • small 100 per cent fruit juice
    • low fat yoghurts
    • small low fat milks
    • plain water. 

Amber

Grain and dairy foods on amber background

  • Some nutritional value, but contain moderate levels of saturated fat, added sugar and/or salt.
  • Can contribute to excess energy intake.
  • Examples include: 
    • some muffins
    • large juices and milks
    • some processed meats
    • chicken with skin on
    • full fat yoghurts.

Red

Processed meats and sugary and salty snacks on red background
  • Little nutritional value.
  • High in saturated fat, added sugar and/or salt.
  • Can contribute to excess energy intake.
  • Examples include: 
    • soft drink
    • chocolate
    • lollies
    • deep fried food
    • premium ice-creams.

The commonly supplied food and drink guide (PDF 1MB) is a tool that provides detailed categorisation for food and drinks commonly supplied at WA Health.

What do you need to do?

If you work in a food and drink outlet, coordinate professional or business event catering or organise fundraising initiatives, events and prizes, you need to follow the Healthy Options WA Policy.

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