The DoE Canteen, nutrition and healthy eating policy (2009) outlines DoE’s approach to the availability and sale of food and drinks in NT government schools. The policy was written in response to increasing levels of overweight and obesity in children and young people. View Policy here.
With the average Australian child spending around 200 days at school each year, it is a challenge for parents and carers to create variations of lunchbox fillers for their children. The school lunchbox plays an important role in helping keeping up their energy levels and helping them survive a hectic day at school.
By providing a variety of foods in a child’s lunchbox everyday, it gives them the energy they need to concentrate all day in class, as well as the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.