Sport & recreation centres and parks

Victorians love their sport and leisure activities! Many of us are regularly involved either as participants, spectators or volunteers. We know that, together with physical activity, healthy eating is important to keep us healthy and to help our children grow and develop. 

Places like sport and recreation centres and parks are common attractions for people who are looking for a more active lifestyle. By supporting healthy eating in your organisation, you can:

  • drive change and be a leader for healthy eating in your industry
  • provide consistent messages about healthy eating and active lifestyles in the community
  • create a family-friendly environment that attracts more visitors

The Victorian Government’s Healthy choices: policy guidelines for sport and recreation centres and Healthy choices: policy guidelines for parks can help you make sure that healthy foods and drinks are offered across your organisation through:

  • onsite cafés, canteens or kiosks
  • mobile food vendors or coffee carts
  • vending machines
  • catering during functions and events
  • fundraising activities.

Additionally, Sport and Recreation Victoria has developed an implementation plan template for councils that are required to implement Healthy Choices in sport and recreation facilities as part of their state government funding agreements. But this resource is useful for any sport and recreation facility to take a whole-of-organisation approach to implementing the Healthy Choices guidelines.


Keen to get started? Visit Getting Started to learn about what you can do to get on track. You can also take a look at Working with caterers, Working with vending suppliers and Working with food outlets for ideas.


You can also watch this free webinar Reducing Sugary Drinks Availability in Sport and Recreation Centres. Presenters discuss ways sport and recreational environments can implement or maintain changes they have made to reduce sugary drink availability. The presentation celebrates the success of thriving organisations and offers practical tips and strategies for sport and recreational groups looking to reduce the availability of sugary drinks.


What about sports clubs?

Sports clubs have an important role in encouraging healthy eating. Together with physical activity, healthy eating reinforces good health for individuals and the community. The information on this website is not specifically designed for sports clubs, but clubs may find some information useful to help them make healthy changes.

The Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership's Healthy Club Canteens Toolkit is a useful resource for sports clubs wanting to provide healthy eating options for members and visitors.


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