Department of Education

Healthy Food and Drink

Healthy Food and Drink


Schools are well placed to support healthy eating and can play a vital role in helping to reduce childhood obesity. Health and Physical Education curriculum delivered in public schools promotes nutrition and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The school canteen/food service can provide a valuable contribution to the school community and support a whole of school approach to health eating.

In 2007, the Department of Education introduced the Healthy Food and Drink policy.   The policy applies to the food and drinks served by public school canteens/food services as well as to environments where the principal is directly responsible for the supply of food and drinks e.g. classroom rewards, school camps and excursions.

The Department has a Memorandum of Understanding with the WA School Canteen Association regarding supporting schools to implement, monitor and report on policy in relation to whole school approaches to healthy eating.

A traffic light system is used to categorise food and drinks as Green, Amber or Red to help public schools plan menus that promote healthy, nutritious and affordable food and drinks. Parents are encouraged to use the traffic light system at home too.

GREEN GREEN category are encouraged. Schools should aim to fill their menus with these healthy foods.
AMBER AMBER foods should be selected carefully and eaten in moderation.
RED RED food and drinks are off the menu and will not be available in public schools.

All members of the school community have an important role in creating a supportive culture where eating and drinking healthy food and drink is valued and encouraged. See the checklists for further details about how principals, teachers, canteen staff and P&Cs can support their school to comply with the Healthy Food and Drink policy.

For more information, refer to the following documents to the right of this page:

  • Traffic light table
  • Changes to the traffic light system

Healthy Food and Drink

Healthy Food and Drink

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