Our school follows the NT DoE Canteen, Health and Nutrition Policy.
The Department of Education (DoE) is committed to ensuring that students in school settings have access to healthy foods and drinks and nutrition education, which will help inform students’ decision making in the future.
To assist with the implementation food categories from the Department of Health and Ageing’s, National Healthy School Canteens, Guidelines for healthy foods and drinks supplied in school canteens will be used. Foods and drinks have been classified according to the amount of nutrients they provide and are based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.
GREEN ALWAYS ON THE MENU
These foods and drinks are the best choices for a healthy school canteen. A large variety of these foods and drinks must be available every day and be the main choices on the menu. They contain a wide range of nutrients and are generally low in saturated fat and/or sugar and/or sodium (salt).
AMBER SELECT CAREFULLY
These foods and drinks contain some valuable nutrients, moderate amounts of saturated fat and/or sugar and/or sodium (salt) and if eaten regularly or in large amounts, may contribute to excess energy (kilojoules) being consumed.
These foods and drinks must be assessed carefully against the Nutrient Criteria Tables to ensure that:
• The healthiest choices from this category are selected
• These foods and drinks must not dominate the menu
• The serve size must be small.
RED NOT ON THE MENU
These foods and drinks must not to be sold or provided in schools, unless part of a special whole school event. These foods and drinks may contain excess energy (kilojoules) and/or saturated fats.