Australia is facing a problem of expansion.
More accurately, it’s an expansion of our waistlines. Our ability to eat healthily is in jeopardy, and according to the OECD we sport some of the world’s highest obesity rates with a quarter of our kids being overweight, and a whopping 63% of Australian adults following the same trend.
So how did this happen?
Well, modern lifestyles are accelerating, leaving little time in a busy day to make solid food choices. Whether in the workplace, at school, or even at the gym, nutritious and reliable options are often unavailable, leaving fast foods an obvious shortcut.
Till now, vending machines in Sydney and Melbourne have only offered limited options. However, the widespread availability of vending machines provides the perfect opportunity for convenient access to better food choices.
If there were such choices…
As such, Qualityvend is proud to announce it is now the first vending company in Australia to be formally accepted by the George Institute to be its preferred vending operator offering products using the Health Star Rating System.
Jointly backed by the Australian state and territory governments, the Health Star Rating system has been developed to ensure that food manufacturers and retailers portray the nutritional values of their products accurately and consistently. And as one of the world’s most renowned global health research institutions, the George Institute is critical in identifying safe ways to promote healthy lifestyles for Australians.
The system is designed to effectively indicate which food choices are healthiest by the number of stars on the packaging. Nutritional panels can be confusing to interpret, so the more stars on the vending machine food choice, the better product will be for you overall.
Why is this Important?
This is a win-win scenario for consumers, and starting with vending machines in Sydney and Melbourne the options for healthier eating are increasing. The benefits of a balanced diet on productivity, particularly in the workplace, mean the Health Star Rating System opens possibilities for companies to offer quality products to their employees that improve performance and reduce absenteeism from sick days.
It’s a pragmatic way to signal care for employees while helping them meet their personal health goals with an intuitive and open system, instead of making them settle for less.
Take a look today at our products and services to see how Qualityvend can help you make the shift in your workplace to a healthier Australia.
After all, eating healthily shouldn’t mean sacrificing convenience.