Nutrition and physical activity

NT Health seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Territorians by supporting and developing a range of nutrition and physical activity health promotion initiatives including policy, supportive environments, health education and community action. Focus areas include overweight, obesity, reducing consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor food and beverages and encouraging active lifestyles.

Healthy choices made easy

The Healthy Choices Made Easy (HCME) policy regulates food and drink provision on NT Health premises ensure healthy options are always available. An updated version of HCME will be released in 2022.

Foods and drinks are grouped into green, amber or red categories based on their nutritional value.Green and amber foods and drinks should make up at least 80% of all foods and drinks provided or available for sale.

Read the full policy:

See Publications below for more information about food and drinks provision policy in NT Health facilities.


Title / descriptionLocation
Australian dietary guidelines

Go to the Eat for Health website.

Australia’s physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines

Go to the Department of Health website.

Healthy Living for Children and Teenagers Above a Healthy Weight

A child nutrition client education resource designed for use with children who are above a healthy weight (aged 5-18 years) and their families.

Health Professionals Guide:
Using the childhood obesity education resource: “Healthy Living for Children and Teenagers above a healthy weight”

Healthy Living for Children and Teenagers Above a Healthy Weight

Health Professionals Guide

Feeding Babies

Resource for remote communities. This information is about feeding babies from birth to early childhood.

Feeding Babies

Growing Healthy Kids (2019)

Designed for use with families with young children who are growth faltering or are at risk of growth faltering

Growing Healthy Kids

Good Food for Strong Blood

Designed for use with families with young children who have iron deficiency anaemia (weak blood)

Good Food for Strong Blood

Good Food for Diabetes

Resource for remote communities.

Good Food for Diabetes

Healthy Choices Made Easy: NT Health Food and Drinks Provision

Healthy choices made easy policy

Quick guide to the policy

Frequently asked questions

Catering guide for meetings and other event

Healthy fundraising guide

Foods and drinks guide

Vending Machine RDH guidelines

School Nutrition and Healthy Eating policy, guidelines and supporting documents School nutrition and healthy eating policy

Nutrition Education Resource Manual (NERM)

The NERM is a compilation of activities and resources developed to support the introduction of nutrition education and healthy eating habits to primary aged students.

Nutrition Education Resource Manual

Long Day Care Menu Planner

This planning tool can assist long day care providers to review their menus and determine whether nutritional requirements of their children are being met.

Long day care menu planner
Let’s get Going! (2022)

How to start a parent-led exercise group for children 1-5 years
Let’s get Going! (2022)

Let’s Dig! A school garden resource

This teachers’ resource offers ideas and activities to run four components of a School Garden unit of work. Suitable for Transition through to Year 6 students.
Let's Dig! A School Garden Resource

Live Lighter

Live Lighter supports professionals in the health, workplace and community sector to help their clients to eat well and move more.

Live Lighter for Professionals

The Flour Drum Stove Cookbook

This book shows how to make and cook on a flour-drum stove, and includes recipes suitable for families in remote areas.

The Flour Drum Stove Cookbook

Kukumbat Gudwan Daga: Really Cooking Good Food

Healthy cookbook for feeding ten or more people.

Kukumbat gudwan daga: really cooking good food

Market Basket Survey Reports

An annual survey monitoring food cost, availability, variety and quality in remote community stores.
Market Basket Survey Reports
Remote Stores Newsletter Archive 2013 - 2018 Remote Stores Newsletter

Remote Indigenous Stores and Takeaways (RIST)

The RIST resource range largely remains relevant to establish and improve standards for healthy remote stores. It includes guidelines, checklists and strategies for improving access to a healthy food supply and standards in remote stores.

Remote Indigenous Stores and Takeaways Project

Healthy Stores 2020 - Policy Action series

Evidence-based policy action series for effective health-promoting merchandising techniques in remote community stores, by RE-FRESH Centre of Research Excellence

Actions for Healthy Stores in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Australia


Contact the Health Improvement team on the following:

GPO Box 40596,
Casuarina, NT 0811

Phone: (08) 8985 8015

Last updated: 16 February 2022

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