Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Eat Well

fruit bowlHealthy eating plays an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.

Forty nine percent of the Australian working population has an inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables. Workplace health programs can address healthy eating by implementing a workplace nutrition policy and providing access to and improving availability of healthy food choices at work.

Have a look at the case study for the Department of Police and Emergency Management to see how they encourage their employees to eat well.


What can I do together with my employees to support and encourage Eating Well?

Checklist of things you might consider: If you have in-house catering
  • Provide and consider subsidising healthy food and drink options
  • Identify healthy options on menus
  • Ensure vending machines contain water and low energy drinks and snacks

How to plan and deliver a healthy eating program at my workplace

In this section, you can find a variety of resources to help you get started on promoting healthy eating in your workplace.

Heart Foundation

Queensland Health

Workcover Tasmania

Queensland Justice & Attorney General

Nutrition Australia

WELCOA (Wellness Councils of America)

CCOHS (Canada’s National Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Healthy Living Hamilton (Canada)

Developing a Healthy Eating Policy

Have a look at the resources below to help you develop a healthy eating policy for your employees.

NSW Health

Victorian Government

Queensland Health

Tasmanian Government

Western Australian Government

CCOHS (Canada’s National Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Tools for Employers

Below you can find some tools to help you promote healthy eating to your employees.
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Queensland Health

Queensland Justice & Attorney General

Healthy Choice Catering - List of healthy options

South Australian Government

Eat Well Tasmania


Tips on healthy eating

In this section you can find resources that can be easily distributed to staff to encourage them to eat well.

Australian Government

Cancer Council

Heart Foundation

SA Health

Queensland Health

Tasmanian Government

Victorian Government - Better Health Channel

Cancer Council ACT

Cancer Council New South Wales

Cancer Council Northern Territory

Cancer Council Tasmania

Cancer Council Victoria

Cancer Council Western Australia

Dieticians Association of Australia

Australian Diabetes Council

Tools for employees

Queensland Health