Workplaces can play a key role in helping their staff to be healthy.

More than half of Victorians are employed, so a workplace that encourages health can have a positive effect on the health andwellbeing of the community.

A healthy workplace has benefits for both employers and employees, because it contributes to:

  • staff being more productive and satisfied in their work
  • less stress and anxiety in the workplace
  • staff being more likely to stay in their jobs
  • staff having fewer ‘absent’ or sick days
  • reduced worker’s compensation costs.

Healthy eating in the workplace

The most successful way to support healthy eating in the workplace is to use a whole of setting approach. This means making sure healthy choices are available everywhere where foods and drinks are supplied, including:

The Victorian Government has developed the Healthy choices: policy and catering guidelines for workplaces to help workplaces practise a whole of setting approach to healthy eating.

The guidelines provide practical advice and step-by-step instructions on how to develop a healthy eating policy, as well as recommendations for healthy workplace catering.

To access the guidelines visit

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