Healthy Choices case studies

Join the many organisations across Victoria that are providing healthier foods and drinks in retail food outlets, catering and vending machines.

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Financial impacts

YMCA Victoria food pricing initiative

In 2020, YMCA Victoria's ‘everyday pricing change’ initiative demonstrated that decreasing the price of GREEN foods and increasing the price of RED foods can encourage customers to make healthier choices without impacting on sales. 

View their infographic here.


Cover page of 'A green light for healthy consumption infographic'Alfred Health - sugary drinks trials

Clever ways to maintain sales while reducing sugary drink consumption.

In 2015, Alfred Health did four experiments to see how changing the way packaged drinks were displayed and/or priced could influence customers' purchasing habits. It demonstrates the positive impact that can be achieved on customer behaviour without having a negative effect on sales.


City of Melbourne logoCity of Melbourne

Over four years, City of Melbourne has gradually removed RED items from sale at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre café.

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


YMCA logoYMCA Victoria

In December 2015, YMCA Victoria began phasing out sugary soft drinks from all 70 aquatic and recreation centres across the state.

The ‘Soft Drink Free Summer’ initiative was well-received by customers, and there was no change in overall beverage dollar sales.


Melton City Council

City of Melton logoMelton City Council trialled healthier drinks fridge for three months by aiming for less than 20% RED options and at least 50% GREEN.

See what impact it had on customer purchases, drinks revenue, and retailer and consumer satisfaction.



Hospitals and health services


Western District Health Service

Western District Health Service is a regional health service with approximately 850 staff across four sites. Their journey in implementing Healthy Choices has been driven by a focus on preventative health measures to support the overall health of their community. They have achieved commendable change, demonstrating that a move to healthier food and removal of sugary drink options does not have to negatively affect the bottom line or customer satisfaction, instead delivering positive outcomes for the organisation and wider community.

Read more.


Central Gippsland Health

Central Gippsland Health (CGH) is championing healthy eating by implementing the Healthy Choices guidelines across its two campuses, and improving its policies, practices and culture through the Healthy Workplaces Achievement Program.

Read more.


Implementation Forum November 2020

A screenshot of the Healthy Choices Implementation Forum presentationOn 23 November 2020 we hosted another Healthy Choices implementation forum, with a focus on maintaining Healthy Choices implementation momentum as we sttep towards COVID normal.

Western District Health Service, South West Health Care and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service shared their inspiring implemenation stories, including how they have managed to keep staff engaged and keep healthy eating on the agenda during coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Watch their presentations here.


A photo of a woman holding a plattter of fruittBeaufort and Skipton Health Service

Just eight months after Beaufort and Skipton Health Service committed to being a community leader in healthy eating, their two campuses now meet the Healthy Choices guidelines for staff menus and catering.

Read more


BHS InfographicBallarat Health Service

BHS have remvoed nerarly 5kg of sugar from each of its 15 vending machines, due to a commitment to provide only GREEN drinks.

Learn how they acheved it in this infographic.


Implementation forum June 2020

On 23 June 2020 we hosted another Healthy Choices implementation forum, with a focus on maintaining and sustaining momentum of the Healthy Choices guidelines during COVID-19.

The online event forum featured presentations from The City of Greater Bendigo, Monash Health, Seymour Health, and Beaufort and Skipton Health Service.

Watch their presentations here.


Six East Wimemra Health Service staff standing together, some holding trays of healthy food.East Wimmera Health Service

In just six months, EWHS has implement the Healthy Choices guidelines in its catering and staff menus at all five sites.



Screenshot of video featuring a cartoon girl, and text that says "Supporting Healthy Choices at Yarrawonga Health".Yarrawonga Health (opens in YouTube)

See how Yarrawonga Health and a La Trobe University dietetic student paved the way to implement, and then meet, the Healthy Choices guidelines in just seven weeks! 


Front of vending machine with an A4 paper sign stuck to that says the machine is out of action as the supplier could not provide healthy options.

Wimmera Health Care Group (Sugar sweetened beverages)

Led by Wimmera Health Care Group, seven health services across rural Western Victoria came together to reduce sugar sweetened beverages in their retail, vending machines and catering.



Male cook in kitchen cutting foods.

Northeast Health Wangaratta (Sugar sweetened beverages)

Led by Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) six health services across rural east Victoria collaborated to work towards implementing the Healthy choices guidelines across the region.



Screenshot of video. A young woman is smiling, looking to the left of screen.

Rochester & Elmore District Health Service

Find out how having healthier foods and drinks helped REDHS Cafe attract new customers, and align with their community health focus.



Fridge display that includes a fruit bowl, fruit salads and yoghurt options.Latrobe Regional Hospital

Read how Latrobe Regional Hospital implemented the Healthy Choices guidelines in two on site cafes and staff catering menus.



St John of God Ballarat Hospital

Ballarat Hospital is the pilot site for St John of God Healthcare's state-wide implementation of the Healthy Choices guidelines.

The private hospital is now well on its way towards implementing Healthy Choices in its café, staff cafeteria and vending machines.


Alfred Health

Leading the way, by being the first to implement Healthy Choices in food outlets and vending machines in 2010.

In 2011 Alfred Health embarked on a project to improve the availability and promotion of healthier food and drinks offered at each of their three sites – The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital and Sandringham Hospital.


YarriYak cafe A-frame sign on the footpath leading to the cafe.Rural Northwest Health Service

Nearly 70% of the items sold in the Yarriyak Cafe are now GREEN options.

The health service also implemented healthy catering for staff meetings and events, and adopted an organisational policy to embed the changes.


Western District Health Service

Two women running on a path beside a lake.Taking a whole-of-community approach to making healthy choices the easy choices for residents.

The Western District Health Service has provided a fantastic example of how the community can rally together to make a change.


University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health

Screenshot of video, with a blond woman looking to right of camera. Test says "Ingrid Swan".See how this hospital promotes healthy eating in the canteen and broader workplace environment.

This brief video (opens in a new window) features the changes University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health has made to its canteen, catering service and the workplace environment to support all staff and visitors to make healthier food and drink choices.



Sport and recreation centres

Front entrance to the Latrobe Leisure centre in Morwell.Latrobe Leisure (updated!)

Between 2015 and 2020, all four Latrobe Leisure centres have increased the amount of GREEN options and reduced RED options.

The management of Latrobe Leisure have showed leadership by supporting healthy changes in their community centres.


Winchelsea Swimming Pool

A photo of man and a boy in a swimming pool.

In 2019 the Winchelsea Swimming Pool kiosk was successfully transformed, from 90% RED items to only GREEN and AMBER.

The success of the initiative is attributed to giving the community input into the process and ownership of the new kiosk design and menu choices.

Read more.


Implementation forum June 2020

On 23 June 2020 we hosted another Healthy Choices implementation forum, with a focus on maintaining and sustaining momentum of the Healthy Choices guidelines during COVID-19.

The online event forum featured presentations from The City of Greater Bendigo, Monash Health, Seymour Health, and Beaufort and Skipton Health Service.

Watch their presentations here.


Aligned Leisure logoAligned Leisure

Aligned Leisure is working towards meeting the Healthy Choices guidelines in seven leisure facilities in the outer south-eastern area of Cardinia.

They've also trialled ‘nudges’ to assist customers with making a healthier choices, such as reducing sugary drinks.

Read more.


Two men at left of screen are looking at a fridge display case that contains healthy food options.Western Leisure Services

Since implementing the Healthy Choices guidelines in two facilities, RED cold drinks sales have decreased, and sales of GREEN and AMBER foods and drinks are up with no noticeable effect on profits.

Watch how they did it in this video.


Three people standing together in a retail food outlet. One is holding a wooden board of healthy food items.Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

MSAC's café has become the first state-level facility or stadium in Victoria to begin implementing the Healthy Choices guidelines.

Virtually everything on the cafe menu is now GREEN or AMBER. And sugary snacks, chocolate-coated ice creams and soft drinks are all off the menu!


Front counter of Lara Pool Kiosk with 'Choose Green' signage.Lara Pool kiosk

Healthy Together Geelong and the City of Greater Geelong joined forces to provide healthier foods and drinks at the Lara Pool kiosk.

This included making healthy changes to the kiosk menu and promoting healthy options to users and visitors. Three opportunities for change were identified to make healthy changes sustainable including developing a healthier menu, displaying consistent health promoting messages around the facility and supporting the workforce during the implementation process.


Screen shot of video, showing a fruit bowl on a food outlet counter. Text reads, "Removal of discretionary items from the counter."Twelve Apostles kiosk

See how staff at the Twelve Apostles kiosk made healthy changes to the food and drink they sell with support from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service.

It's all part of Parks Victoria’s motto, Healthy Parks Healthy People.



Workplaces, universities and other organisations

Room of people, with a table of drinks in the foreground.Deakin University (opens in a new window)

All 84 of Deakin University’s vending machines and four of its 15 retail outlets now meet the Healthy Choice Guidelines, which has resulted in a 1.3 tonne reduction in sugar sold through the beverage vending sales.  

Read more (opens in a new window)



City of Greater Bendigo

Found out how this council has taken steps to building strong relationships between a range of settings and their local food suppliers, to support implementation of the Healthy Choices guidelines.

Watch video.


Sigma staffSigma Healthcare

Sigma is working with its on-site café and vending machine provider to introduce healthier food options, and reduce injury and illness in the workplace.



Food industry

Healthy Choices implementation forum

On May 15 2019, we hosted the Healthy Choices Implementation Forum, which focused on working with food and drink distributors to successfully implement the Healthy Choices guidelines.

We were fortunate enough to have Zole Distribution, Accredited Distributors Bendigo, and JL King and Co present on the how they’re helping organisations to source and supply healthier foods and drinks.

And Peninsula Health and Monash Health did a joint presentation on the results of a student project, which was to review more than 400 products available from distribution companies against the Healthy Choices guidelines.

Watch their presentations here.


honesty snack boxHonesty Snacks and Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)

Honesty Snacks has demonstrated that quick and tasty snack foods can meet the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines.

With support from the Healthy Eating Advisory Service, the snack boxes that Honesty Snacks supplies to the Department of Health and Human Services now meet the Healthy Eating Policy and Catering Guide for Workplaces.

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