Action - Fruit in Schools - Nutrition-Friendly Schools Initiative (NFSI)/Health promoting schools - School age children (SAC)

Programme: Fruit in Schools

Programme description

Fruit in Schools is a unique, innovative initiative targeted at a limited number of primary schools
in areas of high deprivation in New Zealand. Up to three clusters of school communities from each region are involved in the first two phases of Fruit in Schools, which began in Term 4 of 2005.

Fruit in Schools Aims
To enhance student learning through promoting the wellbeing of the school community with particular focus on:
• healthy eating
• physical activity
• being sun smart
• being smokefree.

Fruit in Schools Objectives
• Children in participating school communities eating more fruit.
• More school communities promoting health through a whole school approach.
• Increasing awareness and implementation of policies and practices that encourage healthy eating, physical activity, smokefree and sun protection in school community environments.

Programme type



This programme action is included in the “International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support”(INFORMAS) “Benchmarking Food Environments: Experts’ Assessments of Policy Gaps and Priorities for the New Zealand Government” within the Food Prices policy domain as an example of an initiative in New Zealand aimed at food-related income support programs for healthy foods.

The full report can be accessed from:

Full list of publications by INFORMAS can be accessed from

For further information regarding the Fruit in Schools scheme please refer to this document "Fruit in Schools: A How to Guide" which can be accessed here


Start date:

New Zealand
Grupo de interés: 
School age children (SAC)
Tamaño de la población a cobrar: 
Nivel de cobertura: 
In 2012, around 480 decile one and two schools participated, seeing around 96,806 children receiving one piece of fruit per day. At July 2013, there were about 521 decile 1-2 schools in NZ.
Indicador(es) de resultado: 

• Number of children in participating school communities eating more fruit.
• Number of school communities promoting health through a whole school approach.

Resultados reportados por determinantes sociales: 
Vulnerable groups
Socio-economic status

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