A Better Choice

Healthier options in large venues and stadiums

A Better Choice

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Why do we need healthier sports venues and stadiums?

Sports venues and stadiums play an important role in promoting physical activity and contributing to a healthier and happier Queensland. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders enjoy sporting events at the many facilities across our great state, and food and drinks have become a part of enhancing their experience.

These facilities can encourage healthier eating by providing, promoting and advertising healthier food and drink options to create a happier and healthier legacy for Queenslanders.

How to implement A Better Choice

A Better Choice aims to increase the availability and promotion of healthier food and drinks in sport and recreation venues and stadiums. While change can take time, the following steps can help venues and stadiums to implement A Better Choice effectively.

Step 1: Tackle change one goal at a time

Make changes over time. Use these helpful resources to start with small easy changes to improve the provision and promotion of healthy food and drinks across four areas.

Once your venue and stadium has made changes successfully, move onto step 2 to really lift your food and drink offerings.

Step 2: Set targets to get a better balance

The next step is to work towards the A Better Choice food and drink targets to achieve a better balance in your menu offerings. The A Better Choice food and drink targets use a traffic light system that classifies food and drinks according to their nutritional value. For retail outlets the targets are to offer:

  • a minimum of 50% of food and drinks in the green category
  • a maximum of 20% of food and drinks in the red category
  • the remaining proportion can be food and drinks from the amber or green category.

To learn more about the targets and how to determine if food and drink options available are classified as green, amber or red refer to the A Better Choice Strategy for Sport and Recreation (PDF, 3.77MB).

How to implement change, and monitor and evaluate progress

Implementing change successfully requires careful planning, regular monitoring and evaluation, and acknowledging and celebrating progress along the way. Whilst working through Step 1 and 2 it is important to plan, act, monitor and review to stay on track.

A more detailed guide for each step is provided in the A Better Choice Strategy for Sport and Recreation (3.77MB).

Support to implement A Better Choice at your venue or stadium

Find information and resources to support your venue or stadium implement A Better Choice.

Next steps

Use the support resources to start providing and promoting healthier options at your venue or stadium today. Health and Wellbeing Queensland can provide tailored support for venues and stadiums. Contact us to find out more.

Contact Us

For assistance, contact abetterchoice@hw.qld.gov.au

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Last updated 18 December 2023