Healthy eating for all Australians.
Inspiring healthy eating.
We do this through community-based education and the provision of credible, current and practical nutrition information
- Evidence based best practice
We work to achieve the following outcomes:
Healthy eating for all
Healthy eating can be defined as consuming foods and drinks in a way that supports an individual’s nutritional needs, appetite, personal tastes, culture and lifestyle. It also means having a healthy relationship with food, and enjoying food for nourishment as well as pleasure, and appreciating the social and cultural role of food.
Following a healthy and balanced diet supports optimal physical and mental health, can prevent weight gain, and reduce the risk of developing some chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and some cancers.
Nutrition Australia Vic Division promotes healthy eating in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Healthy Eating Pyramid. We do this by promoting consumption of a variety of minimally processed foods from the five core food groups every day, mostly plant-based foods, and limiting excess consumption of foods and drinks that are high in added saturated fat, salt and sugar.
Supportive food environments
Supportive food environments are those that make healthy food and drink choices the easy choices in the places where we live, learn, work and play. In a supportive food environment healthy food and drinks are readily available, accessible, affordable and appealing.
Supportive food environments make changes at a population level to produce healthier behaviours at an individual level. They address external factors that influence our food choices, such as what foods and drinks are available, pricing, marketing, policies, and social ‘norms’.
Nutrition Australia Vic Division works with communities, organisations, governments and food industry to create supportive food environments and to support people to make use of these environments.
Food literacy for all
Food literacy means having the knowledge, skills and capacity to source, prepare and cook food in a sustainable manner to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Food literacy is also about individuals understanding the role that food plays in communities and cultures.
Food knowledge and skills are influenced by our upbringing, culture, education, and the information we obtain from media, marketing and the internet. Our capacity to source and prepare food is also affected by physical factors, such as our access to healthy food and food preparation facilities.
Nutrition Australia Vic Division works to improve food literacy and empower individuals to make informed and appropriate food and drink choices.