Whole school approaches to food
Children consume a third of their food at school, providing an opportunity to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity. The World Health Organisation and UK government recommend that schools adopt approaches across the whole school day that support children to make healthy food choices, offering consistency in the quality of foods provided, eating culture, education about diet, and use of food to learn.
Adopting a whole school approach to food can bring benefits to children, their families and your school.
Key academic papers
Modifying school environment changes child dietary patterns in the long and short term
The impact of the World Health Organization Health Promoting Schools framework approach on diet and physical activity behaviours (2020)
Cochrane review on World Health Organization Health Promoting Schools framework (2015)
Association between fruit and veg intake and mental well-being in school children
Children receiving food systems education increase fruit and veg intake
Successful interventions to reduce food waste
Food & nutrient provision of packed lunches
Evaluation of free infant school meals and prevalence of obesity
Examination of longer lunch periods and more physical activity opportunities
How others have done this
Dunblane Primary school and Todholm Primary school
Restaurant style catering in Sweden