Healthy eating and regular physical activity are essential to promoting and maintaining good health. The
Smart Choices - Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools (PDF, 1.1MB) is all about offering healthy food and drink choices to students in Queensland schools.
Smart Choices applies to all situations where food and drink is supplied in the school environment including tuckshops, vending machines, school excursions, school camps, fundraising, classroom rewards, school events such as celebrations and sports days, and food used in curriculum activities.
Reflecting the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (PDF, 304KB), the Smart Choices strategy (PDF, 2.9MB) categorises foods and drinks into three groups:
Green—have plenty—these foods and drinks are encouraged and promoted in schools.
Amber—select carefully—these foods and drinks should not dominate choices and should be avoided in large serve sizes.
Red—occasional—the availability of these foods and drinks should be limited to no more than two occasions per term.
Smart Choices to align more closely with the
National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines and the
Australian Dietary Guidelines. The Smart Choices Ready Reckoner (PDF, 380KB) is a guide to food and drinks commonly supplied in schools, and the category they are most likely to fit into (green, amber or red).