Quick poll: Should Council develop a Sugar-sweetened Beverages Policy?
Last year at a meeting of council delegates from across New Zealand, 61% of delegates supported councils investigating the implications of having an SSB policy. The meeting reported that councils were well positioned to influence the health behaviour of staff, elected representatives and visitors.
Studies have shown a relationship between the consumption of SSBs (drinks with added sugar including non-diet soft drinks/fizzies and energy drinks) and poor health outcomes such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gout, hypertension and tooth decay. Equally, substituting SSBs with water or low-energy beverages can result in improved health outcomes.
The Council will also consider a Healthy Food Policy as an alternative option.
You can view the three options below (NB: If these policies were developed and adopted they would only apply to listed Council-owned premises, and to events with which the Council is involved. These policies would not apply district-wide).
The Council will agree whether to begin drafting an SSB or Healthy Food policy at their Strategy and Finance meeting on 1 May 2018.
This engagement closed on 5 April 2018.
At their meeting held on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, the Strategy and Finance Committee resolved that management develop a Healthy Food and Beverages Guideline for use in Council-owned facilities, and that it comes back to the Council for noting.