26 September 2023

School canteens buy into healthy eating

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The Department of Health has awarded the Western Australian School Canteen Association (WASCA) more than $800,000 over three years to deliver services aimed at creating healthier food and drink environments in community settings.

Minister for Health, Roger Cook said the services would be delivered in partnership with Healthway, which would allow eligible community organisations access to the Fuel to Go & Play accreditation program and online hub.

“The hub encompasses online training and resources, which have been instrumental in providing nutrition support to community venues,” Mr Cook said.

“The funding will also allow the WASCA to work with health professionals across the State, especially in regional and remote locations, to deliver healthier food environments.”

He said eligible community organisations included State sporting associations and peak bodies, sporting clubs, arts and community events, aquatic, recreation and community centres, entertainment venues and stadiums funded through the Healthway grants programs.

“We want all Western Australians, especially children and young people, to have better access to healthier food and drink options and reduce the availability and promotion of sugary drinks,” Mr Cook said.

“By providing healthy options in community settings, we can positively shape a child’s preferences and dietary habits from an early age and make it easier for everyone to follow a healthy lifestyle.”

Mr Cook said the service would increase the capacity and skills of people involved in delivering community programs to create a healthy food and drink environment that all could enjoy.

The Fuel to Go & Play website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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