Action - GNPR 2016-2017: School health and nutrition (q11) National School Meals Program - School feeding programmes - School age children (SAC)

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

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 academic performance; tackle health inequalities; 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 fruit and vegetable scheme; school milk scheme; nutrition education included in school curriculum; extracurricular nutrition education; physical education in school curriculum; monitoring of children's growth; safe drinking water available free of charge; adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools; school gardens. The National Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Nutrition in Kindergartens and Schools were adopted as part of a comprehensive Slovene Food and Nutrition Policy in 2005 and became obligatory by the renovated School Meals Act in 2010, amended in 2013.

School nutrition guidelines: overview of the implementation and evaluation:
School Fruit Scheme Evaluation Report for the 2010/2011 School Year:

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 : 

All children in the targeted schools are eligible to receive school meals or participate in the school feeding programme. School meals are subsidised for some children. Menus are decided according to maximum levels of specific nutrients (e.g. total sugars, total fat, saturated fat, trans-fat, salt/sodium), according to minimum levels of specific nutrients (e.g. certain vitamins and minerals), following national food-based dietary guidelines, selecting menus based on lists of foods and beverages. At the school level, menus are decided by a nutritionist. Fruits and vegetables are part of the menu daily. Food is procured domestically, locally.

Coverage type: 
Students in basic schools: 98,6% (light school meal - snack), 78,3% school meal;students in upper secondary schools:65,8% (a warm meal or a nutritious and energy-rich cold meal)

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