DHBs are responsible for promoting health for the populations they serve. This includes leading by example within their environments to make healthy food and beverage choices easy choices for staff and visitors in DHB settings.
Food and beverages on offer for staff and visitors need to align with the Ministry of Health’s Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults. Specifically, DHBs have agreed together, in December 2015, that the foods and beverages available in DHB settings will reflect the following:
The Ministry of Health is working alongside DHBs and other key stakeholders to develop more detailed national food and beverage environment guidelines for DHBs. These guidelines will highlight best practice food and beverage environments and will reflect the above principles.
CM Health has a Healthy Food and Beverage Environments Policy, adopted in August 2014 and available here [PDF, 239 KB], which aligns with the agreed principles above. This policy will be further refined as the national DHB collective progresses this work in 2016.