Live Life Well @ School is a long-term program that aims to get more students, more active, more often, as well as focusing on healthy eating habits.
The Healthy School Canteens Strategy
The Healthy School Canteens Strategy guides schools to increase the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make a healthy choice, the easy choice. This Strategy replaces Fresh Tastes @ School (i.e. the traffic light system).
The Strategy is consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional.
NSW public schools will transition to the new strategy over a three year period, ending in 2019.
For more information:
Healthy School Canteen Strategy
Healthy Kids Association
Healthy Kids (NSW Government)
Northern Sydney Healthy School Canteens
The Northern Sydney Health Promotion Service aims to support local school canteen workers to implement the NSW Healthy Canteen Strategy and provide healthy tasty food and drinks to students.
For more information contact our
Healthy School Canteens Contact.
The NSW School Canteen Menu Check Service is available to schools. The
free Service reviews schools menus against the Food and Drink Criteria.
The Menu Check application Form is available at:
Menu Check Application Form
Win $1000 Voucher for Canteen Equipment
and pass your
free Menu Check before 22nd November 2019 for your chance to win one of 6 $1000 canteen equipment vouchers for your school.*
Menu Check Competition Flyer
* Terms and conditions
- To be eligible to win schools MUST submit the Menu Check Application, receive their Certificate of Achievement and submit a copy by the 22nd November 2019.
- Only public primary schools located in the area covered by the Northern Sydney Local Health District can enter the competition (This promotion is linked to the Live Life Well @ School Key Performance Indicator to have all public primary school canteens meeting the healthy food guidelines as per the menu check program).
- Schools already in possession of their Certificate of Achievement are eligible to enter.
- Prizes consist of 6, $1000 canteen equipment vouchers for the school canteen.
- Winning schools will be randomly drawn and winners announced in December 2019.
- Winning schools must provide a photo of the equipment won and a 100 word description of how the equipment will help the canteen provide a healthier menu items for students.
- Menu Checks must be completed through the NSW Healthy School Canteen Menu Check Service and include the principal's signature
Come along to our Healthy School Canteen Workshops. Get more information about Menu Check along with help and guidance to complete your application.
Check our Workshops page for information on the next
Healthy School Canteen Workshops
2018 School Canteen Voucher Winners!
Our local schools were encouraged to apply for a free Menu Check and have the chance to win a $3000 canteen equipment voucher from Northern Sydney Health Promotion. The competition is now closed and the randomly drawn winners were:
$3000 voucher -
John Purchase Public School (Cherrybrook)
$2000 voucher -
Normanhurst Public School
$1000 voucher -
St John the Apostle Primary School (Narraweena)
Congratulations to our winning schools.
Congratulations to all the schools who took the step to provide a healthier canteen menu by applying for a Menu Check!
Out of School Hours Care
We encourage Out of School Care (OSHC) services (also referred to as OOSH or OOSCA) to promote healthy eating and physical activity to children and their families. To assist, our team visited all Northern Sydney OSHC services and provided a copy of the
Eat Smart Play Smart Manual
along with a
Make Healthy Normal
active play starter pack.
Eat Smart Play Smart Manual
The Eat Smart Play Smart manual helps guide OSHC services provide healthy food and active play opportunities for children.
The manual also supports services meet certain Quality Areas of the
National Quality Standards and the principles, practice and outcomes of
My Time, Our Place - Framework for School Aged Care in Australia.
The manual reflects the current Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Children.
OHSC services are encouraged to have staff undertake a free online self-paced professional development course. The training up-skills staff in the provision of healthy food and active play opportunities for children in their care. Cost: Free,
Duration: 30 minutes.
(Note: create an account to to view and register for the training program)
Crunch&Sip® is a state-wide program designed for schools to set a break to eat fruit (or salad vegetables) and drink water in the classroom. Students 're-fuel' with fruit or vegetables during the morning or afternoon, assisting physical and mental performance and concentration in the classroom. Health Promotion supports schools to implement the program.
More information about this program can be found at:
Live Outside the Box is a two week challenge for Stage 3 (years 5 and 6) primary school students, on how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Students are encouraged, with the support of their families and teachers, to Live Outside the Box for two weeks.
- turning off the TV and computer games
- getting outside
- being more active.
It also means reducing the amount of less healthy foods and replacing these with healthier alternatives.
More information about the state-wide program can be found at:
Live Outside the Box (Healthy Kids NSW)
Q4:H2O is a one week challenge for stage 2 students (year 3 and 4) to promote the concept of healthy drinks to children and to support teachers getting healthy drink messages to families.
Students are encouraged to choose water and reduced fat milk by completing a student card which includes messages for parents. The project is supported by providing teachers with information and support e.g. interactive whiteboard resources.
Discover more information and all the resources at: