Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Health Promoting Schools - Standards or rules for foods and beverages available in schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Health Promoting Schools

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: foster healthy diet and lifestyle habits; educate children and improve knowledge about healthy diet and lifestyle habits; improve children’s skills (e.g. cooking, food hygiene); improve school enrolment; improve school attendance; improve academic performance; tackle health inequalities. 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; nutrition education included in school curriculum; extracurricular nutrition education; standards for marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children in school setting; safe drinking water available free of charge.

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 : 

Standards or rules apply to: foods and beverages served for lunch in school canteens/cafeterias, foods and beverages served at other mealtimes (e.g. breakfast, after-school services), Packed lunches and other foods or beverages brought from home, all foods and beverages being sold in school shops/stores including tuck shops and in vending machines, foods and beverages being sold in immediate vicinity of schools. Criteria to determine which foods are prohibited, limited or encouraged are based on specific foods and beverages, nutrient content, portion size.

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