Why we need a strategy for providing healthy food and drink in NSW schools

Health surveys show most Australian children need to make changes to their diet for their wellbeing, and to establish healthy eating practices in later years.

Their diets are low in nutritious food such as vegetables and dairy, so to maximise their health they need to eat less unhealthy food and drinks and replace these with healthy food and drinks from the five food groups.

In NSW, 22% of children aged 5–16 years were overweight or obese in 2015.

Healthy habits for life are set up in childhood – overweight children are more likely to go on to become overweight or obese adults, with an increased risk of serious chronic health problems.

It is a Premier’s Priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity by 5% by 2025.

With around half of all school students buying their lunch at school at least once a week, school canteens can contribute by supporting healthy eating through a revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy focused on increasing the availability and promotion of healthy food and drinks in schools.

The strategy is one of the Healthy Children Initiatives under the NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013–2018.

For further information on the Healthy School Canteens Strategy visit the the revised strategy page.

Related information

Find out more about some of the NSW healthy eating and active living initiatives:

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