Government food service policies and guidelines do not create healthy school canteens
Andrea de Silva-Sanigorski, Tara Breheny, Laura Jones, Kathleen Lacy, Peter Kremer, Lauren Carpenter, Kristy Bolton, Lauren Prosser, Lisa Gibbs, Elizabeth Waters, Boyd Swinburn
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011
OBJECTIVE: In 2006, the Victorian Government adopted the School Canteens and other school Food Services (SCFS) Policy that bans the sale of sweet drinks and confectionary and recommends the proportions of menu items based on a traffic light system of food classification. This study aims to determine whether compliance with the policy improves the nutritional profile of the menus. METHODS: Items from food service menus were assessed for compliance with the SCFS policy and categorised as 'everyday' ('green'), 'select carefully' ('amber') or 'occasionally' ('red') (n=106). Profile analysis assessed differences in the nutritional profile of the menus between sub-groups. RESULTS: Overall, 37% of ..View full abstract
We acknowledge the contribution of all the school and research staff involved, including Lily Meloni, Monica Virgo-Milton, Narelle Robertson, Mary Malakellis, Tamara Heaney and Elyse Snowdon. Funding support is provided by NHMRC (AdS-S, LG) and the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program (AdS-S, LG, EW).