Smart Choices - Healthy eating

Smart Choices

Grants - Tuckshop 2014 Makeover Program

Applications are now open for the 2014 Smart Choices Grants Program.  See the guidelines and application form at this link.

Grants of $1,000 each are available to assist up to 200 state and non-state schools to increase their capacity to supply healthy, nutritious foods and drinks through their school tuckshops/canteens or, if the school does not operate a tuckshop or canteen, other areas of the school environment. 

What is Smart Choices?

Smart Choices—the Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools is all about offering healthy food and drink choices to students in Queensland schools.

Why healthy choices?

The earlier children are encouraged to eat healthy foods, the more likely they are to continue healthy eating habits into adulthood. Healthy food and drinks give children and young people all the nutrients they need to:

  • grow and develop
  • concentrate and learn well at school
  • stay healthy throughout childhood and in adult life.

The school setting is a key location for influencing the healthy eating behaviours of children and young people.

Smart Choices in the school environment

Smart Choices applies to all situations where food and drinks are supplied in the school environment. This includes tuckshops, vending machines, school excursions, school camps, fundraising, classroom rewards, school events such as sport days, and food used in curriculum activities.

When applying the strategy to the whole of school environment, schools should be guided by the following principles:

  • profit should not come before student health and   wellbeing
  • focus of the strategy is on foods and drinks supplied to students rather than the wider community
  • take all opportunities to eliminate the promotion and supply of RED foods and drinks
  • take all opportunities to promote and model consistent messages about healthy eating practices.

For the latest information on Smart Choices including frequently asked questions

www.education.qld.gov.au/schools/healthy

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