What we eat and how this impacts our health is influenced by our environment in many different ways.
Australia’s food environment – the way our food is made, labelled, sold and advertised – does not support healthy diets, instead encouraging us to buy and eat more and more unhealthy food and drinks.
We are working to change this. Food for Health Alliance identifies how governments across Australia can change policies and laws to create a food environment where delicious, healthy food is easily accessible, convenient and affordable, and advocates to governments to make those changes.
Our work is informed by current evidence and focused primarily on key priority areas.
Unhealthy food marketing influences the foods that children prefer, the foods they choose and the foods they eat. Children should be able to grow up free from the harmful influences of unhealthy food marketing. We need government regulation to effectively protect children from the processed food industry’s unhealthy food marketing.
Food for babies and toddlers should support good health and wellbeing, but many foods marketed for this vulnerable group don’t. We need strong regulation to ensure the health of our youngest Australians is put first.
Food labels should give every Australian the information they need to make informed choices in line with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and should not be misleading or confusing.
Pricing policies can promote healthier diets by encouraging industry to reformulate products and by influencing the purchase and consumption of food and drinks.
National and international frameworks and regulation influence key issues in the food environment. They must refle ct and be designed to support positive changes to the food environment.
Food for Health Alliance would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.