DHBs are responsible for promoting health for the populations they serve. This includes leading by example within their environments to make healthy food and beverage choices easy choices for staff and visitors in DHB settings.
Healthy eating is essential for good health and wellbeing. With increasing rates of obesity and the subsequent rise of associated poor health outcomes, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it is important that health sector organisations show leadership by providing healthy eating environments for their staff, visitors and the general public.
The National DHB Food and Drink Environments Network (the Network) was established in 2015 to develop a consistent National Healthy Food and Drink Policy (the Policy) for use across all New Zealand District Health Boards (DHBs), and potentially other settings. The Network received support and advice from the Heart Foundation, Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa, the Ministry for Primary Industries, the New Zealand Beverage Guidance Panel and the University of Auckland in the development of the Policy. For more information on this process, see Appendix 1. It is the intention that the Network will continue to support DHBs and the Ministry to implement the Policy.
This 2nd edition differs from the original edition published in September 2016. Following a limited review of key issues identified by Network members, small changes have been made to the criteria to make the Policy more practical to implement.
CM Health has adopted the Ministry of Health National Healthy Food and Drink policy and is available here to download(external link)