Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system.

The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold.

Public schools will transition over a three-year period (2017–2019).

The strategy has been informed by a comprehensive evidence report and a consultation process that included school leaders, canteen managers, health professionals, the food industry school students and parents to understand the barriers and enablers for increasing healthy food and drink choices in NSW school canteens.

Head to the Healthy School Canteens website for more information.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the strategy. Read the media release.

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