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Healthy School Canteen Strategy

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The NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is all about giving students across NSW a taste for healthy foods and to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

The Strategy addresses NSW school canteens to support healthy growth and development of students.

All NSW public schools are required to transition to the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy over a three-year period (2017-2019) and non-government schools are strongly encouraged to participate.

The Food and Drink Criteria underpins the Strategy and provides an outline for a healthy school canteen. It applies to all food and drink provided in NSW school canteens and vending machines.

A range of practical resources have been developed to support schools to implement the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy and Food and Drink Criteria. Refer to the Healthy School Canteens website for resources that are available.

There is also a Healthy Food Finder available which is a look-up tool to help those implementing healthy food and drink policies in NSW school canteens, sport and recreation centres and health facilities to easily find suitable food and drinks to provide and sell.

For more information on Healthy Canteens, including menus and recipe ideas, go to the Healthy School Canteens  website.

Primary schools participating in the Live Life Well @ School program, can access support from their Local Health District Health Promotion Officer to help make the canteen healthy.

Secondary schools from all education sectors can access support for their canteen through the NSW Secondary Support Service. To contact the service, please phone: (02) 9876 1300 (TOLL FREE).

The NSW Healthy School Canteen Menu Check Service is a free service that can help you check if your canteen menu meets the Food and Drink Criteria. Application forms are available for download on the Healthy School Canteens website. For more information, you can phone (02) 9133 8711 (TOLL FREE) or email:

Click on the link Local Health Promotion Officer Support contact list below to find the details of the Local Health District.