Ground-breaking healthy options hospital sets new standard on hospital cafe menus

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THE first Australian hospital to ban fatty and sugary food and drink from its cafeteria is leading the way again in the fight against lifestyle-related disease with a ground-breaking menu for hospital café menus.

Western District Health Service in Hamilton, Victoria, has opted for a menu that is purely “green traffic light” food only under the Healthy Choices program.

Introduced in 2016 as a voluntary framework for Victorian public hospitals, it recognised green, amber and red traffic light foods – categorised by the health value of those foods.

While many hospitals have adopted the traffic light system, Hamilton is the first to offer green-only foods.

Lifestyle-related diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and high blood pressure are all a major drain on

The full article in the Australian Food News: Thought for food; is available here.

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