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The food and drinks we consume play an important role in keeping our bodies energised, alert and functioning well. It’s important to look at what fuel we’re putting into our bodies, to be sure we are running at optimum performance. Good nutrition and hydration play an important role during times of high stress, supporting you physically and mentally.

View our resources (link to resources page) for more information on how to help yourself or others enjoy good nutrition for better performance.

Eating regular meals from a variety of food groups ensures the body is getting the nutrients and energy it needs to maintain physical energy and mental alertness while driving.   

Some foods provide short sharp bursts of energy and other foods give us a longer, slower increase in energy levels which helps fuel our body and brain.

Remember that some snacks, treats and meals such as a chocolate bar, pies or hot chips may result in high energy but have low nutritional value. They do not provide the long-lasting energy that our body needs to stay alert, especially when operating a vehicle.  

It is important to be aware of the types of foods that can affect your fatigue levels, behaviour, reaction time and ability to process information. Choosing the best fuel keeps your body performing at its best, providing you long-lasting energy to stay alert. 

Invest in yourself. Making small, healthy changes every day can make a big difference over time.

How will you fuel your body for a healthy lifestyle?

Talk to your GP or health professional about healthy food options suitable for you.  For other ideas, tips and inspiration, visit LiveLighter and view our resources.

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The MaPS on our Roads project is funded as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.