It is important to provide easy access to healthier food and drink options in schools and early childhood services.
School canteens and food services play an important role in communicating healthy eating messages. Foods eaten during a child’s early years and at school contribute significantly to a child’s daily nutrient intake and also have a considerable influence on the development of their lifelong eating habits, growth patterns and energy levels.
This section includes information to help schools and early childhood services promote healthy eating.
Healthy Eating Advisory Service
The Healthy Eating Advisory Service provides free, tailored healthy eating and nutrition advice and support to assist early childhood services, primary and secondary schools in developing healthy eating environments.
The service has been developed to support anyone responsible for the provision of food and drinks in these settings to provide and promote healthier food and drink options, while also assisting early childhood services and schools to meet and implement related policies and guidelines such as:
The service will include menu assessments, over the phone and email advice from nutrition experts, staff training and resource materials.
For more information visit the Department of Health's
Eating Advisory Service
Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise
The Department is working closely with the Department of Health and other partners to promote a vibrant healthy eating culture across Victoria, and in particular to early childhood services and schools through the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise (VHEE).
The VHEE encompasses a range of initiatives in partnership with:
- local government
- education and early childhood setting health professionals
each with a shared vision to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians through food.
The Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise aims to:
- improve consumption of fruit and vegetables
- reduce consumption of energy-dense and nutrient-poor food and drinks
- reduce consumption of salt and saturated/trans fats
- improve breastfeeding rates and maternal and infant nutrition
- increase the proportion of children and adults in the healthy weight range
- promote the enjoyment of healthy foods.
For further information, see: Department of Health – Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise