By establishing "healthy eating policy", schools can effectively formulate plans on healthy eating in a pragmatic way and lay down a solid foundation for the promotion of healthy eating on a long-term and long-lasting basis.

1. What is "school policy on healthy eating"?

"School healthy eating policy" is an objective laid down in writing by the school management and other stakeholders (e.g. teachers, parents, etc.) after deliberation in accordance with circumstances peculiar to the school. Such policy will then be disseminated to all its members including staff, parents, students and lunch suppliers so that every of them could follow.

2. Why is it necessary to establish a specific "school policy on healthy eating"?

  • To ensure sufficient resources has been allocated for implementation of a comprehensive and sustainable healthy eating policy in school.
  • To create a supportive school environment and atmosphere so that consumption of healthy food is made easier and more interesting, thereby promoting and maintaining healthy eating habit.
  • To enhance the awareness of balanced nutrition among students, teachers and parents and promote healthy life.

3. How to implement the "school policy on healthy eating"?

(1) Deliberation on and establishment of the objective:

A policy-making group comprising the headmaster / headmistress, teachers and parent representatives of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) should assess the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of students and parents on healthy eating as well as their understanding on schools'eating environment. The group should then draft a healthy eating policy tailored to their school before submitting for deliberation, amendment and endorsement by their staff. The adopted policy should be observed by all parties of the school.

(2) Sufficient Communication
Schools would regularly and repeatedly remind all school staff of the policy and keep parents informed by issuing notices and making announcements on the school website.

(3) Regular Review and Amendment
To review implementation of policy annually and amend when necessary, so that objectives of school policy are enforced with adequate manpower and resources.

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