Working with caterers and self-catering
Healthy catering in the workplace is an important part of helping staff, clients and visitors to be healthy. Workplaces may offer catering for a number of reasons, for example during meetings, conferences, events or social activities.
To get you started, the video below introduces you to healthy workplace catering. It includes an overview of the Healthy Choices: healthy eating policy and catering guide for workplaces, and the 'traffic light' system for classifying foods and drinks. You’ll also discover healthy and delicious catering ideas and tips for making healthy changes to your workplace catering.
You can find out how the food and drinks you offer through catering are classified under the Healthy Choices guidelines, with a free online menu assessment.
What are the guidelines for healthy catering?
For healthy catering in the workplace, the Healthy Choices guidelines recommend:
- foods and drinks from the GREEN (best choices) category are the main choices offered
- GREEN choices are promoted and encouraged
- RED (limit) foods and drinks are not provided.
For healthy catering, you can offer AMBER (choose carefully) foods and drinks, as long as the majority of choices are from the GREEN category. Remember, AMBER choices should not be encouraged at the expense of healthier GREEN options.
Providing healthy catering
Making sure the policies in your organisation include requirements for healthy catering is an important part of the whole of setting approach to supporting healthy eating. The Healthy choices: catering and policy guidelines for workplaces includes a healthy eating policy template that you can adapt for your organisation.
The simple actions you can take to provide healthy catering in your organisation depend on whether or not you currently have a catering provider, or a set process for ordering catering.