Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria Escolar - Monitoring children's growth in schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Programa Nacional de Alimentación Complementaria Escolar

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; foster healthy diet and lifestyle habits; educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; improve school attendance; improve academic performance; support the agriculture sector by creating farm to school linkages (e.g. cereals, milk, fruit and vegetables supply). Components of the school health and nutrition programme include: training of school staff on nutrition; hygienic cooking facilities and clean eating environment in schools; provision of school meals/school feeding programme; nutrition education included in school curriculum; monitoring of children's growth; safe drinking water available free of charge; school gardens.

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.

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

Age groups routinely growth monitored: Nivel pre escolar. Measurements taken: height, weight. Indicators tracked: underweight, overweight. Frequency of growth monitoring: No se tiene establecido la periodicidad, sin embargo algunas regiones adoptan el control anual. No protocol exists for monitoring children's growth in school.The growth monitoring programme includes referral to health services.

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