Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Guide for Healthy School Canteen Management - Standards or rules for foods and beverages available in schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) Guide for Healthy School Canteen Management

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 children’s skills (e.g. cooking, food hygiene); improve school enrolment; improve school attendance; improve academic performance; reduce food insecurity and hunger; 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; 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 milk scheme; deworming; 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 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)
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Standards or rules apply to: foods and beverages served at other mealtimes (e.g. breakfast, after-school services), 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.
There are 5 categories of food and beverages that are not allowed to be sold in school canteen:
1. Foods and beverages which violate the Food Regulations 1985 - foods that exceed the expiry date, and all foods which are sold or packed with any toy, coin or other article.
2. Sweets and chocolates
3. Pickled foods
4. Junk foods which contain artificial flavours and artificial colourings, except flavoured milk.
5. Foods and beverages that contain alcohol


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