Healthy Food Partnership to tackle obesity and poor health due to nutrition

The Healthy Food Partnership held its first meeting in Canberra on 13 November 2015. The meeting was chaired by Rural Health Minister Fiona Nash, and brought together preventative health groups, food industry bodies, and government.

It was determined that initiatives under the Partnership would be voluntary in nature and that they would focus on making achievements in the following areas:

  • Continuing to supportHealthy Food Partnership industry to reformulate their foods supported by the Health Star Rating system
  • Supporting consumers to eat appropriate levels of core foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, meat, fish and dairy, and to have appropriate levels of energy intake
  • Educating consumers on appropriate portion and serve sizes
  • Improving consumers’ knowledge and awareness of healthier food choices

The Australian Government, food industry bodies and public health groups agreed to cooperatively tackle obesity, encourage healthy eating and empower food manufacturers to make positive changes to their product portfolios.

Meanwhile, Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) CEO Claire Hewat said the Association hopes the Healthy Food Partnership will help cut rates of obesity and other nutrition-related preventable conditions over time.
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