Last updated: 16 Feb, 2017

These evaluation summaries are part of a project which aims to assess the costs and benefits of implementing healthy food and drink policies in two key settings: healthcare, and sport and recreation facilities.

These evaluation summaries aim to build the business case for the economic and health costs and benefits of implementing healthy food and drink policies in healthcare settings (Alfred Health), and sport and recreation facilities (YMCA Victoria and City of Melbourne). They help fill a gap in knowledge about the impact of implementing healthy food and drink choices from the perspective of the retailer, and provide recommendations for organisations planning to undertake similar policy changes to improve population health.

This evaluation was carried out by Deakin University, with funding from VicHealth. 

Alfred Health

Download: Introduction of Healthy Choices at Alfred Health food outlets (PDF, 137 KB)

Download: Food Service Retail Evaluation Infographic (PDF, 164 KB)

Download: Food Service Retail Evaluation Infographic (PDF, 303 KB)


Download: Going soft drink free in YMCA Victoria aquatic and recreation centres (PDF, 144 KB)

Download: Food Service Retail Evaluation Infographic (PDF, 256 KB)

Healthy choice – the easy choice ‘nudge’ summaries

VicHealth supports environments which make it easier for Victorians to choose healthy food and drinks such as water.

The documents below have been developed to guide the implementation of the ‘nudge’ technique to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

A ‘nudge’ is designed to encourage consumers to make healthier choices, by changing the placement, product, pricing or promotion of healthier food and drinks in preference to unhealthy options. For examples, sugary drinks are not visible in a drinks fridge. 

Download: Promote water – limit red drinks. Display nudge 1 (PDF, 554 KB)

Download: Promote water – red drinks off display. Display nudge 2 (PDF, 76 KB)

Download: Promote water – make water the cheapest option. Pricing nudge 3 (PDF, 200 KB)

Download: Promote healthy food and drinks – meal deals. Promotion nudge 4 (PDF, 171 KB)

Download: Data collection process (PDF, 160 KB)

Download: Drinks summary (PDF, 62 KB)



  • The Victorian Government has developed the Healthy Choices framework for community settings, such as hospitals and health services and sport and recreation centres, to improve the availability and promotion of healthy foods and drinks. Click here to view.
  • If you are working at a Victorian hospital, health service or sport and recreation centre implementing Healthy Choices, you may also wish to speak to an experienced nutritionist or dietitian at the Healthy Eating Advisory Service on 1300 22 52 88.
  • For more information on implementing healthy choices, including promoting water and reducing sugary drinks, visit the Rethink Sugary Drink website.