The alarming rise of childhood obesity worldwide is resulting in an increasing focus on the nutritional quality of the food provided to children at schools. South Africa experiences a range of childhood nutritional challenges from increasing obesity to persistent malnutrition.
Schools can play a vital role by ensuring that the food provided on the school grounds meets the standards of good nutrition for children. The Woolworths Making the Difference educational programme has launched the most comprehensive guide to help South African schools transform to healthy tuck shops.
Says Penny Luthi, Brand Manager for the Woolworths Making the Difference educational programme: “Children learn in school about good nutrition and the importance of making healthy eating choices. The Woolworths Making the Difference Healthy Tuck Shop Guide helps schools to properly support this education by ensuring that food provided on the school grounds is in line with the accepted guidelines for children’s nutrition.
Healthy eating transformation
"For example, it just doesn’t make sense to teach children in the classroom that they should “use foods and drinks containing sugar sparingly”, and then serve them sports drinks, fizzy drinks and sweets at break time or “eat fat sparingly” and then to provide pies and doughnuts as the only options.
"We believe that South African schools are keen for the school environment to provide the opportunities for children to put what they learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles into practice. This guide helps them to make the transformation, and to actively promote healthy eating habits and well-being in their communities."