March 2023

Healthy Choices – Financial impacts – City of Melbourne

Workplaces & Tertiary education Promoting healthy eating Implementing healthy changes
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Overview

In 2010, the City of Melbourne implemented its ‘Green Light Eat Right’ program at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre café.

Green Light Eat Right aligns with the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines, which uses a traffic light system to classify food and drinks as GREEN (best choice), AMBER (choose carefully) and RED (limit).

Over four years, the availability of RED items at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre café was gradually reduced, with most RED items removed from sale by the start of the 2014/15 season.

This trial of removing RED items from sale was later evaluated by Deakin University, with funding from VicHealth.

While there was an initial decrease in total sales, the initial ‘No Red’ trial showed minimal impact on overall sales.

This trial of removing RED items from sale was later evaluated by Deakin University, with funding from VicHealth.

While there was an initial decrease in total sales, the initial ‘No Red’ trial showed minimal impact on overall sales.


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Fifth Avenue Childcare Centre
Posted 30/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Gippsland Lakes Community Health Children’s Centre
Posted 30/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • OSHC
  • +2
Bridge Rd Early Learning Centre
Posted 30/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Bloom Early Learning
Posted 30/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Matron Swinton Childcare Centre
Posted 30/03/23
  • OSHC
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Heany Park outside school hours care
Posted 30/03/23
  • OSHC
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • +1
World 4 Kids / Big Childcare
Posted 30/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • OSHC
  • +2
Dandenong West Primary School
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
Maryborough Education Centre
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • +1
Darley Primary School
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Clonard College
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Bruthen Primary School
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Red Cliffs Bakery
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Marlborough Primary School
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Buckley Park College
Posted 30/03/23
  • Schools
  • Maintaining sales
  • +1
Beaumaris Primary School
Posted 29/03/23
  • Schools
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
YMCA Victoria Food Pricing Initiative
Posted 29/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Alfred Health – Sugary Drink Trials
Posted 29/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
YMCA Victoria
Posted 29/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Melton City Council
Posted 29/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Maintaining sales
  • +1
Western District Health Service
Posted 29/03/23
  • Health services
Central Gippsland Health
Posted 29/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
East Wimmera Health Service
Posted 29/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Perridak Burron Early Learning
Posted 29/03/23
  • Early childhood services
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • +1
Wimmera Health Care Group (Sugar sweetened beverages)
Posted 28/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
Northeast Health Wangaratta (Sugar sweetened beverages)
Posted 28/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Rochester & Elmore District Health Service
Posted 28/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Latrobe Regional Hospital
Posted 28/03/23
  • Health services
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • +1
St John of God Ballarat Hospital
Posted 17/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Alfred Health
Posted 17/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Rural Northwest Health Service – Yarrick Cafe
Posted 16/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +2
Western District Health Service (GenR8change)
Posted 16/03/23
  • Health services
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health
Posted 16/03/23
  • Health services
Latrobe Leisure
Posted 16/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
Winchelsea Swimming Pool
Posted 16/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Aligned Leisure
Posted 16/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
Western Leisure Services
Posted 16/03/23
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Honesty Snacks and Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)
Posted 16/03/23
  • Food industry
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Posted 16/03/23 • 1 mins read
  • Sport & recreation
  • Implementing healthy changes
  • +1
Deakin University
Posted 15/03/23
  • Workplaces & Tertiary education
  • Implementing healthy changes

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