Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Healthy eating

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Healthy eating benefits almost every aspect of your health. UWA provides information and events to help you and your colleagues to order and prepare healthy foods and drinks.

Healthy eating educational events

Healthy catering guidelines

By providing healthy catering at University meetings and events you can help to make healthy choices, easy choices, and to contribute to a workplace environment that supports good health and wellbeing. Your actions can make a positive difference to your health and that of your colleague, students and invited guests.

What is healthy catering? 

The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend eating a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups each day and limiting our intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol. 

Overall, aim for the following when planning catering for events:

  • Plenty of vegetables, salads, fruit, wholegrain breads and cereals 
  • Moderate amounts of animal foods (meat, fish and dairy) and go for low-fat and skinless varieties
  • Include foods that are served fresh, steamed, stir-fried, lightly grilled, oven baked or poached. Minimise fried and heavily char-grilled foods
  • Use healthier (unsaturated) fats e.g. olive, canola, sunflower oils and margarine
  • Minimise or avoid extra foods e.g. sweet biscuits and cakes, fried foods, cordial and/or soft drinks
  • Consider whether you really need to supply alcohol at your event. Ensure that any alcohol provided is done so in accordance with relevant University policies: 
  • Ensure that water is readily available and promoted
  • Also consider serving sizes, dietary requirements and food safety.

saladsChoosing and liaising with a caterer

Healthier food and drink suggestions

Other considerations

Please direct any queries to wellbeing@uwa.edu.au

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