Healthier Choices Canberra makes it easier for Canberrans to find tasty, fresh and healthier food and drink options. We partner with local businesses and sporting clubs to take the guess work out when buying groceries, eating out, visiting kids entertainment venues, or when watching or playing junior sports.
Research shows that Australians are eating out more than ever and spending a greater percentage of their household income on food and dining out (1). A recent survey showed that more than 60% of Canberrans said they’re looking for healthier choices at the places we go to regularly - the supermarket, club restaurants, cafes and children’s entertainment venues (2).
Healthier Choices Canberra increases the number of healthier options available to families and makes it easier for customers to spot them. Eating a variety of healthy foods is essential for health and wellbeing.
When visiting participating local businesses, look out for the HC icon on menus, or HCC signage in store.
Use our interactive map
to find healthier choices near yoU.
These phenomenal businesses have all committed to providing healthier food and drink options to the Canberra community.
Our heartfelt thanks goes to each and every one of our participating businesses for nourishing the Canberra community!
woden & weston creek
Hellenic Club Woden Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden Wokitup Phillip Ch Ch Ch Changes EQ Cafe and Lounge Gizmos Grill'd Woden Au Lac Royal Vegan Woden Flavours of India Home Ground Cafe Hughes SPACE Woden The Shed Woden Fenway Public House A Bite to Eat Chifley Milligram Woden No 10 Restaurant and Bar Turkish Pide House Woden Wheat & Oats Phillip Zambrero Woden Lava Espresso IGA Chapman The Chifley Grocer Friendly Grocer Garran IGA Express Farrer Wattle Snack Bar Phillip
LOCAL PRESS CAFE LOLLIPOP'S PLAYLAND BITTERSWEET LILY'S VEGAN KITCHEN GRILL'D MANUKA Frank & beans CITSA Fyshwick
Local Press Wholefoods Two Before Ten - Brindabella Coffers Cafe BookplatE Paperplate Pollen Ribanas Catering Lollipops Majura Atomic Cafe Questacon
north canberra & city
Ainslie Football club Hellenic Club Civic CITSA Reid Wokitup Braddon Discovery Cafe CSIRO Baby Su Nosh The Goods Wholefoods IGA Ainslie The Knox Made in Watson Cafe Gather Grill'd Canberra Centre Psychedeli Au Lac Royal Vegan Dickson IGA Campbell Biginellis NFSA IGA Lyneham Two Before Ten - Civic My Rainbow Dreams Lazy Su YMCA/Canberra Olympic pool Pick up Stix Lyneham Kingpin Bowling IGA Express East Row IGA O'Connor
CITSA Bruce Canberra Southern Cross Club Wokitup Belconnen/KIPPAX Grill'd Belconnen Thai Ayutthaya Bean Addiction Espresso Two Before Ten - Aranda IGA Holt
Chong Co Thai Restaurant and Bar - Belconnen IGA Melba The Spence Grocer IGA Hackett The Cook Grocer IGA Evatt
Interested in joining our HCC network? Just contact us and we will reach out for a chat with you!
Our team will provide a free menu assessment, work with you to develop delicious and healthy menu items, and promote your business on our website and social media channels.
We also work with junior sport clubs in Canberra to boost sales of healthier food and drinks at their clubs, and reduce marketing of unhealthy options. If you’re a junior sport club looking for some tips and tricks, a parent looking for more healthier options at your local club or even a business looking to collaborate with a junior sports clubs - we’d love to hear from you. Find out more by visiting this page or simply contact us below.
What is a healthier choice item?
A healthier choice item is one that meets our recommendations for a healthier meal. In particular it will contain plenty of healthy ingredients such as vegetables and/or fruit and be limited in less healthy ingredients such as deep-fried items, processed meats and confectionary.
Who identifies the heathier choices?
A team of Accredited Practising Dietitians from the ACT Nutrition Support Service assess every food and drink item on the menu and identify the healthier options using an evidence-based criteria. This method means you can rely on the ‘HC’ icon on menus.
How much does it cost to be a part of Healthier Choices Canberra?
Nothing! It's a completely FREE service. We want to make it as easy as possible for Canberrans to make healthier choices when they're out and about!
How do I register as a HCC business?
The Intermedia Group Pty Ltd. (2017). Eating out in Australia 2017. http://www.the-drop.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/EatingOutinAustralia_2017_Respondent-Summary.compressed.pdf
Winton Sustainable Research Strategies. (2018). Pre-implementation Benchmarks for the Healthier Choices Canberra Initiative.