This initiative created a framework for addressing the double burden of student ill-health and aims to improve coordination among agencies. Refer to ‘NFSI Component 4: Creating a supportive environment’ in the evidence review.
Describes five key elements of a healthy diet.
Guidance on what constitutes sustainable healthy diets.
Strengthening sector policies for better food security and nutrition results: Public food procurement (2018)
Part of a series to help policy makers address national food security and nutrition issues; guidance is focused on developing initiatives that support food purchases from small farms.
Describes recommendations for marketing food to children, a complementary action to include in food procurement standards.
School policy framework: implementation of the WHO global strategy on diet, physical activity and health (2008)
Guide for policy makers at national and sub-national level to promote healthy eating and physical activity in schools settings.
Includes standards (page 18) for food standards for healthy school environments for children and adolescents.
Nutrition guidelines and standards for school meals. A report from 33 low and middle-income countries. (2019)
Results of global survey on school meals; report identifies key aspects to consider when developing or updating school meal program standards.
Searchable database of implemented policies to promote healthy diets and reduce obesity. Use Section O (Offer healthy food and set standards in public institutions and other specific settings) to search for public food procurement examples.
Effectiveness of school food environment policies on children’s dietary behaviors: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Systematic review includes 12 studies evaluating school meal standards implemented in the US, Canada, or UK, which were found to: increase fruit intake, reduce total fat, saturated fat, and sodium (but not total calories), and decrease BMI (although other adiposity measures evaluated were unchanged).