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About the Food for Sport guidelines

Sport and recreation clubs and associations play a vital role in providing opportunities for Queenslanders of all ages to lead healthy active lifestyles.

Your club or association already supports active lifestyles through sport and recreation so why not combine that with the provision and promotion of healthier food and drink choices, and help build a culture that supports fun, safe and healthy active environments?

Working out what is required to introduce healthier food and drink choices in your club or association is probably easier than you think.

Healthy food and drink guidelines

These guidelines have been developed to reflect that sporting clubs canteens serve adults and children and show you how to provide and promote healthy food and drinks. This includes:

  • offering plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • plenty of water
  • limiting the intake of foods or drinks high in saturated fat, salts and/or sugars.

To learn more about how to provide and promote healthier food and drink, follow our step-by-step healthy food and drink guidelines:

Green, Amber, and Red classifications

The Food for Sport guidelines classifies food and drinks as Green, Amber and Red, according to their nutritional value:

  • Green food and drinks are healthy choices because they are excellent sources of important nutrients, are low in saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and help avoid intake of excess energy (kilojoules). Provide plenty of Green food and drinks – at least 50% of food and drinks.
  • Amber food and drinks have some nutritional value and moderate amounts of saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can contribute to excess energy intake when consumed in large amounts. Choose carefully from Amber food and drinks – a maximum of 30% of food and drinks.
  • Red food and drinks are the most unhealthy choices because they lack adequate nutritional value, are high in saturated fat and/or added sugar and/or salt and can contribute to excess energy intake. Limit availability of Red food and drinks – a maximum of 20% of food and drinks.

These resources will help you to classify different food and drinks:

See the full list of all Food for Sport resources to help you get started.

Good Sports Healthy Eating

The Food for Sport healthy food and drink guidelines have been used as a basis for the ‘Good Sports Healthy Eating’ program, designed to assist sporting clubs to introduce healthier food and drink choices in to their clubs.

Dedicated members of the Good Sports team help to guide clubs through the Healthy Eating program, supporting them to make gradual changes that promote healthier food and drink options and ensure there are healthy choices available for all members and guests. In addition, clubs are also supported to achieve Good Sports accreditation through the completion of effective alcohol-management strategies. The result is more family-friendly clubs that are safer and healthier places for everybody in the community to enjoy local sport.

The Good Sports team tailors the program to the needs of the individual club, whether they have a full canteen, cook a BBQ once a week, provide half-time snacks or don’t serve food at all.

Joining Good Sports Healthy Eating is easy - find out more and register your club’s interest online.

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