Blacktown City Council has partnered with the Western Sydney Local Health District to launch a policy that will see healthier food and drink choices available in Council’s five aquatic and leisure centres.
Council says the policy means that patrons of the venues can expect 75% of kiosk menu items produced from whole foods alongside of recommended serve sizes of other menu items like processed food.
The collaboration has been over two years in the making, with consultation of the Australian guide for healthy eating and local community research to find healthier options that patrons of the venues will enjoy.
Mayor of Blacktown City, Tony Bleasdale OAM says the City’s aquatic and leisure centres are among the first in NSW to implement a policy that encourages healthier food and drink choices.
“By having healthier options on our menus, we are allowing our patrons to make smarter health choices for themselves and their families,” he said.
“Good nutrition allows adults to have more energy, making it easier to stay fit and active. Children who eat well will also have energy for playing sports and activities, as well as helping them concentrate, learn, and supports growth and development.”
Western Sydney Local Health District’s Centre for Population Health Director, Dr Shopna Bag congratulated Council’s commitment to improving local food environments.
“When this project commenced, we heard from nearly 600 Leisure Centre staff and visitors, with almost 60% reporting they wanted to be able to buy healthy food and drinks when they visited a Centre,” said Dr Bag.
“Blacktown City Council is taking the lead in improving food choices; importantly recognising that local community hubs such as Leisure Centres play a role not only in providing the opportunities for physical activity, but also in providing supportive environments that enable healthy choices to be made.”
The new food and drink options will be rolled out across all of Blacktown’s aquatic and leisure centres, beginning with Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope.