- Healthy eating is encouraged in all Tasmanian government schools.
- School canteens have a central role in the education and health of the students and schools they serve.
- Schools work hard to help ensure children learn about being healthy and active – and that the food served in canteens is healthy!
- Many schools are participating in the SmartFood Program which offers a model of best practice for canteens. It provides guidelines and procedures for high quality and safe food service for school students and staff.
- For information on your school’s canteen operating hours, ordering arrangements and menu, contact your child’s school.
Move Well Eat Well!
- Over 100 Tasmanian government schools are now participating in the Move Well Eat Well Program.
- The program works to create a whole school environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity. It provides primary schools with a simple framework and resources to encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
- The program provides healthy lifestyle messages parents can give their children at home.
What you can do to help
- Send your child to school with water in their drink bottle.
- Limit high fat, salty and sugary foods to special occasions.
- Pack a variety of foods from the five food groups (breads and cereals; vegetables; fruit; milk, yogurt and cheese; and meat and alternatives) in your child’s lunchbox.
- To find healthy lunchbox ideas visit the Move Well Eat Well website.
Start the day right
- Breakfast is important because it provides the body with fuel after an overnight fast. A healthy breakfast provides your body with the nutrients and energy needed to get through the day.
- Providing children with a nutritious breakfast is important for a range of reasons. These include health, success at school and overall wellbeing.
Where can I get more information?
- Contact your school.
- Visit the Move Well Eat Well website and look for the ‘Families’ section.
- Visit School Food Matters.