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 childhood overweight or obesity; foster healthy diet and lifestyle habits; educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; reduce food insecurity and hunger. 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; ban on vending machines in schools; hygienic cooking facilities and clean eating environment in schools; provision of school meals/school feeding programme; school fruit and vegetable scheme; school milk scheme; 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; adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools.
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.
There is no school milk scheme as such, however milk is provided as part of a school meal programme. Like other beverages such as soy milk, malt drink, water, 100% fruit juice, milk is provided once a week. All pupils in government primary schools are eligible to receive the milk. Milks provided include full-fat or whole milk, flavoured milks with added sugars or sweeteners.