Who are we?
The Heathy Eating Advisory Service (HEAS) supports organisations to provide and promote healthier foods and drinks.
Hospitals and health services, schools, early childhood education and care services, and sport and recreation facilities provide vital services and can play a pivotal role in healthy food and drink promotion and provision. Our work is about helping these organisations to positively contribute to the health and wellbeing of all Victorians through the foods and drinks they provide.
Our goal is to empower organisations through expert, innovative and evidence-informed nutrition and healthy eating support. The prime outcome of which is to enable these settings to create healthy eating environments for the communities that access them.
To date, we have supported over 2,700 organisations, covering almost all Victorian local government areas and reaching an estimated 1.28 million Victorians.
We provide free and tailored support
- online training about the guidelines and how to implement changes
- instant online food and drink assessments with our Australian-first tool, FoodChecker
- informative resources including fact sheets, case studies, recipes, and downloadable templates
- point of sale marketing materials
- telephone and email Infoline
- implementation support, events and coaching.
We also support the food industry to supply healthier foods and drinks, as well as health promoters seeking to implement long-term change in these settings.
HEAS is delivered by Nutrition Australia Vic Division, with support from the Victorian Government
*does not include in-patient menus.
Experts in creating a healthy eating culture
Our experienced team are the experts in empowering Victorian organisations to plan and implement effective and sustainable changes.
We help you to:
- secure whole of organisation commitment to change
- create healthy eating policies
- source and supply healthier foods and drinks
- embed healthy eating requirements in commercial arrangements
- engage with staff, customers and the wider community.
We provide everything you need to promote healthy foods and drinks in line with the following Victorian Government policies and guidelines:
- menu planning guidelines for long day care
- menu planning for family day care
- menu planning for outside schools hours care
- the National Quality Standard Quality Area 2 - Children's health and safety
- School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy
- Healthy Choices guidelines for retail food outlets in hospital and health services, sport and recreation centres, and workplaces
- Healthy Choices guidelines for catering in hospital and health services, sport and recreation centres, and workplaces
- Healthy Choices guidelines for vending in hospital and health services, sport and recreation centres, and workplaces
Delivering on government priorities
HEAS's work directly contributes to the following strategic actions, as part of the increasing healthy eating focus area of the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023 (p2):
- accelerating the implementation of healthy food (and drink) supply policies in all key public settings (including health services, schools and early childhood services, sport and recreation settings, events and workplaces)
- implementing initiatives and approaches supporting healthier lifestyles and habits
- investing in collaborative place-based approaches to healthy eating and increasing access to healthy food in communities.
Partnering for change
HEAS collaborates with governments, peak bodies and like-minded organisations to progress healthy eating initiatives across the state, such as:
- working with the Achievement Program (Cancer Council Victoria) to support organisations on their healthy eating journeys
- working with VicHealth and Deakin University on the Water in Sport program, to reduce or remove sugar sweetened beverages in council-funded sport and recreation facilities
- being part of Deakin University's Nourish Network, a multi-sector collective that aims to transform food retail and make healthy and sustainable food available and accessible to all
- working with the Achievement Program (Cancer Council Victoria) and Alfred Health to ensure that organisations implementing healthy changes receive coordinated and comprehensive support
- working with the Victorian Department of Education and Training to develop Healthy Eating in the National Quality Standard - A guide for early childhood education and care services, which assists early childhood services to meet the healthy eating requirements of the National Quality Standard, and relevant National Regulations
- supporting Foodbank's school breakfast program and food procurement to ensure healthy food and drink options are available
- collaborating with dental health services Victoria's Smile 4 Miles program to embed the menu planning guidelines for long day care in their program for long day care.