As part of the Healthy Active Learning initiative, the Ministry of Health has updated its food and nutrition guidance for education settings. The guidance supersedes Fuelled4Life which was retired in February 2020.
The guidance aligns with the National Healthy Food and Drink Policy for District Health Boards but is adapted to meet the needs of children with the aim of creating consistent messages across a range of education settings.
The guidance represents the Ministry’s policy for food and drink available in education settings. It addresses the types and portion sizes of foods available in schools, kura, English and Māori medium early learning services. Food and drink that staff or children bring for their own consumption is excluded from this guidance.
To support implementation of this guidance, toolkits are being developed in te reo Māori and English. These will be available to all schools, kura, English and Māori medium early learning services. A health promotion workforce based in public health units throughout the country will provide practical support to assist education settings to create healthier food environments.
Healthy Active Learning sees regional sports trusts, educators, public health units and government agencies partnering to deliver the best education and health outcomes for children and young people in their region.