Public health nutrition

The Public Health Nutrition team aims to improve the health of the Central Coast population through programs that address barriers to healthy eating for adults and children.


​The team focuses on nutrition issues that affect identified community groups rather than the dietary needs of individuals. Current projects of the team include:

  • promoting breastfeeding
  • nutrition in early childhood services
  • nutrition in school canteens
  • nutrition and low income/food security
  • nutrition for older people

Contact 4320 3691 if you require further information.

Promoting breastfeeding

The Public Health Nutrition team is working to create a supportive environment for breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Friendly Recognition Scheme

External page link Breastfeeding Friendly Sticker Scheme

Central Coast businesses and facilities are invited to display the 'We Are Breastfeeding Friendly Sticker'. These businesses may include coffee shops, restaurants, service clubs, local council facilities, GP surgeries, cinemas, and other places where management are supportive of breastfeeding women. A list of 'Breastfeeding Friendly' businesses is given to new mums at Gosford and Wyong hospital's maternity wards and is available here:

PDF Document Breastfeeding friendly business kit (273 KB)

Information booklet for establishments that would like to participate in the Breastfeeding Friendly Recognition Scheme.

PDF Document Starting family foods brochure (1.04 MB)

A guide to introducing your baby to solid foods. For parents of 0 to 12 month old babies.

PDF Document Grandparents can make a difference (4.34 MB)

For more information contact the Public Health Nutrition team on 4320 2251 or 4320 2057

Nutrition in early childhood services

Children may spend eight hours or more each day in care. The NSW Ministry of Health recommends that children in care for eight hours or more be provided with at least 50% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) of all nutrients. This recommendation applies whether food is provided by the service or brought from home.


Caring for children: birth to 5 years (food, nutrition and learning experiences)

PDF Document Caring for children (9.2 MB)

Caring for Children - Food, Nutrition and Fun Activities  was developed by the Public Health Nutrition team and is distributed to child care centres across NSW as part of the Munch and Move program.

The Good Bite newsletter

Is a quarterly nutrition newsletter that keeps staff and parents at early childhood services up to date on current children's nutrition issues.

PDF Document Goodbite July 2015 (1.5 MB)

PDF Document Goodbite March 2015 (720 KB)

PDF Document Goodbite October 2014 (1.1 MB)

PDF Document Goodbite June 2014 (494 KB)

Central Coast Childcare Cooks Network

Is a support strategy for child care services offered by the Public Health Nutrition team. Cooks from centres across the Central Coast meet and swap ideas relevant to the setting and receive nutrition updates.

Cooks from all centres across the Central Coast are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact the Public Health Nutrition team on 4320 2251 or 4320 3362.

Nutrition in school canteens

The Public Health Nutrition team and Health Promotion Unit work together to support local school canteen workers to implement the NSW Healthy Canteen Strategy called 'Fresh tastes @ school' to provide healthy, tasty food to children.

Some of the ways support is provided:

  • arranging regular network meetings for canteen workers
  • offering the annual Central Coast Healthy Canteen Award for primary schools
  • telephone advice on products and other canteen issues
  • menu appraisal and offering ideas for improvement.

For more information:

External page link Central Coast Canteen Network

External page link Healthy Kids Association

PDF Document Healthy School Lunches (920 KB)

For more information contact the Public Health Nutrition team on 4320 2057

Nutrition and low income/food security

The Public Health Nutrition team aims to improve access to simple, cheap and nutritious meal ideas for people on low incomes living on the Central Coast.


PDF Document Back to Basics – tips to help you feed the family for less (626 KB)

This booklet aims to help you save money and make your food dollar go further. There are basic hints on how to spend less on items such as meat and snack foods. Simple tips on stocking your pantry and easy recipes to match will help you provide a variety of appetising meals and snacks within your budget.

Practical demonstrations of recipes from Back to Basics are available via the following YouTube links.

External page link Tomato and Bean Soup (YouTube)

External page link Hawaiian Chicken and Pasta (YouTube)

External page link Savoury Mince and Rice (YouTube)

External page link Zucchini Slice (YouTube)

Nutrition for older people

The Public Health Nutrition team aims to maintain or improve the nutritional health of free living older people on the Central Coast thereby reducing the risk of falls, hospitalisation and readmissions to hospital and in doing so, enhancing their ability to remain independent and living in their own home for as long as possible.

The team provides written material and other resources to enable older people and their carers to receive practical and accurate nutrition information. This includes training to support staff from community service provider organisations and improving the food and nutrition practices in aged care homes.

The team will also provide relevant nutrition information to groups of well older people.


Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual PDF Document Best Practice Food and Nutrition Manual Volume 2 - 2015 (16.5 MB)

The manual provides appropriate, practical and helpful information for all staff of aged care homes, dietitians and those who have loved ones in care.

Eating Well cover PDF Document Eating Well A Nutrition Resource for Older People and their Carers (10.3 MB)

This resource has been written to provide practical food and nutrition ideas and advice for older people, their carers and support workers.

PDF Document Eating Well brochure (612 KB)

Organisations can print their own brochure as required by downloading the print ready Eat Well brochure (PDF). When printing large numbers of booklets or brochures (greater than 2000 in quantity), you may place your logo on the Eating Well resources. Contact Rudi Bartl (02) 4320 2251 or Carolyn Bunney (02) 4320 3362 for options with printing or for further information.