Western Leisure Services
Wyndham City Council
Melton City Council
Wyndham and Melton Sporting Clubs
The Sport and Recreation Healthy Eating in the West project was supported by the Victorian Government.
Healthy Together Wyndham is taking a complex systems approach to improving the health and wellbeing of the community by working in partnership with communities where they live, learn, and play. Physical activity and healthy eating go hand in hand. Whilst sports facilities support improved health through activity, they largely supply unhealthy food and drinks, undermining messages about healthy and active lifestyles.
Healthy Choices is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy food and drinks in sport and recreation settings. Wyndham City Council, Western Leisure Services, Deakin University and the Victorian Government teamed up to implement and evaluate the impacts of applying Healthy Choices across local sport and recreation facilities. This initiative showcases transformation of the food and drink supply at AquaPulse and Eagle Stadium and the journey from healthy eating policy to practice.
The aim of the project was to trial the introduction of healthier food and drink options in two significant recreational settings – large recreation centres and local volunteer managed sports clubs.
The project objectives were to:
- trial a model that supports up to 30 sports clubs of varying nature and size in the Wyndham and Melton municipalities to implement healthier food and drink options; and
- assess the economic impact of the introduction of healthier food and drink options, drawing on data collected from Wyndham’s two major recreational facilities managed by, Western Leisure Services.
The project supported Western Leisure Services (WLS) to meet the Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines across both Aquapulse and Eagle Stadium. Melton’s recreation facilities (Caroline Springs Leisure Centre and Melton Indoor Recreation Centre) and WLS were additionally supported to trial healthier drinks for 3 months by aiming for less than 20% of their fridges with RED drinks and at least 50% GREEN drinks. At Aquapulse, this resulted in a 37% reduction in ‘Red’ drink sales, a 26% increase in ‘Green’ drink sales and importantly, no overall change in drinks revenue.
The project additionally supported 31 sporting clubs across Wyndham and Melton local government areas to increase the availability and promotion of healthier food and drink options at club events, within canteens and on the field. Training, support and resources were provided by a dietitian, to help build the capacity of sporting club representatives to assess menus, increase the healthy options available and develop and implement a healthy eating policy. Healthy Club Canteen Network Groups were established to support club initiatives across both Councils.