Making the healthy choice, the easy choice. Menu changes planned for Hamilton Recreation centres and arenas. Hamilton City Council approved Recreation’s Healthy Food and Beverage Action Plan, a three year strategy to change the food environment at City of Hamilton Recreation centres and arenas.
As a collaboration between the Recreation Division and Public Health Services’ Healthy Environments Division, the Recreation Healthy Food and Beverage Action Plan aims to ensure that publically-owned recreation facilities foster an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle through both physical activity, and healthy food and beverage options.
A key focus of the Recreation Health Food and Beverage Action Plan is on strategies to promote both access to municipal drinking water and the benefits of healthy eating through new food offerings and strategies. The implementation of the plan will be guided by the following six principles:
- Access to Healthy Food and Beverages
- Free and Convenient Access to Tap Water
- Environmentally-Sustainable Drinking Water Services
- Financially-Sustainable Food Services
- Availability of Nutrition Information for Customers
- Socially-Responsible Marketing
The Action Plan outlines a phased-in approach to introduce more healthy food and beverage options at recreation facilities, increase use of tap water as the healthiest option, reduce reliance/prominence of sugary drinks and bottled water through a city-wide policy that would make nutritious food more consistently available in City of Hamilton Recreation centres, arenas and vending machines.
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