Fuelled4life is the brand name for the Food and Beverage Classification System (FBCS) managed by the Heart Foundation. It is a collaborative initiative that involves the education, health and food industry sectors working together to make it easier for schools and early learning services to provide healthier food.

Do you select or prepare food and drinks for children in schools or early learning services?

Fuelled4life is here to inspire and support you to make healthier food choices for the children in your care.

Fuelled4life is a free practical tool giving schools and early learning services a head start in providing healthier food. Fuelled4life is designed specifically for foods and beverages children commonly consume in an education setting. Foods and beverages are classified according to their nutrient profile with the system identifying the healthier options. Foods and beverages are divided into two levels: everyday and sometimes.

Everyday logo. Sometimes logo

The Fuelled4life website has a calculator called the Healthy Food Cruncher to help you work out whether whole or packaged foods and beverages from a range of categories meet the criteria for everyday or sometimes classification. For people involved in selecting foods and drinks for menus, canteens, tuckshops, vending machines, fundraisers and other special events, Fuelled4life identifies the healthier options.

The Fuelled4life website also provides tips, nutritious and delicious recipes, resources and information on ways to improve key nutrition at schools and early learning services.

Get involved

Schools and early learning services can sign-up to Fuelled4life at the Fuelled4life website or contact the Fuellled4life team by email on fuelled4life@heartfoundation.org.nz or phone (09) 526 8550 for more information.

Nutrient framework

Fuelled4life recommendations are based on the Food and Beverage Classification System nutrient framework for schools and early learning services which is available from the Heart Foundation. Please contact fuelled4life@heartfoundation.org.nz for a copy.


For a variety of catering and recipe resources for schools and early learning services visit the Fuelled4life website.

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