Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) - Extracurricular nutrition education - School age children (SAC)

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

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 academic performance. Components of the school health and nutrition programme include: 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; extracurricular nutrition education; physical education in school curriculum; standards for marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children in school setting; monitoring of children's growth; safe drinking water available free of charge; adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools. School meal programmes have been implemented since 1960s with the school canteens nutrition standards available since 1987.

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 : 

Nutritionists of the Nutrition Education Section of the Food and Nutrition Administration are implementing a nutrition education program that covers most of the public schools of all levels and some of the private schools upon request. A nutrition Education program was designed and implemented in 2010 to teach the home economics and science teachers all about relation of good nutrition with the healthy life style and how to transfer the knowledge to their students. Unfortunately it did not sustain but we will reactivate this program soon.

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