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

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

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; improve school attendance; tackle health inequalities. Components of the school health and nutrition programme include: standards or rules for foods and beverages available in schools; provision of school meals/school feeding programme.

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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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School age children (SAC)
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All children in the targeted schools are eligible to receive school meals or participate in the school feeding programme. School meals are free for all 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. At the local or municipal level, menus are decided by a nutritionist. Fruits and vegetables are part of the menu daily. Food is procured locally.

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