Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Nutrition policy for Adolescents - Monitoring children's growth in schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Nutrition policy for Adolescents

Programme description

These programmes and actions were reported by countries for the 2nd WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017 module on actions related to school health and nutrition programmes. Programme objectives: reduce or prevent child undernutrition (stunting, wasting, micronutrient deficiencies); reduce or prevent childhood overweight or obesity; educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; improve school attendance; improve academic performance. Components of the school health and nutrition programme include: training of school staff on nutrition; standards or rules for foods and beverages available in schools; nutrition education included in school curriculum; standards for marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children in school setting; monitoring of children's growth.

Programme type


WHO (2018) Global Nutrition Policy Review. Country progress in creating enabling policy environments for promoting healthy diets and nutrition

The Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016–2017 is the report of the second comprehensive analysis of nutrition-related policy environment, coordination mechanisms, available capacities and actions being taken in 176 Member States (91%) and one area which responded to the survey carried out between July 2016 and December 2017.

Target group: 
School age children (SAC)
Implementation details : 

Age groups routinely growth monitored: All age groups. Measurements taken: height, weight, waist circumference. Indicators tracked: underweight, overweight, BMI. Frequency of growth monitoring: Every two years. Protocol for monitoring children’s growth in schools: Surveillance program. The growth monitoring programme includes referral to health services.


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