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 / description||Location|
|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:
Resource for remote communities. This information is about feeding babies from birth to early childhood.
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 Diabetes
Resource for remote communities.
|Good Food for Diabetes|
Healthy Choices Made Easy: NT Health Food and Drinks Provision
|Frequently asked questions|
|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 resourceThis 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 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 ReportsAn 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
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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