Food Smart Schools

Food Smart Schools works with the whole school community to provide accurate, practical nutrition information and a range of services and advice for teachers, school tuckshops and canteens, school parent groups, principals and parents. Our team are the experts in providing nutrition, food safety and menu planning advice and services for Qld and NT schools.
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Crunch & Sip style programs (Munch & Crunch / Brain Breaks) involve schools and teachers scheduling time in class to allow children to eat fruit and vegetables and drink water in the classroom.  The benefits of a fruit, vegetable and water in class …

  Food Smart Schools have had the pleasure of been in attendance and presenting at the Smart Choices  Masterclasses run by the Qld Department of Education, Training and Employment this year in Cairns and Brisbane.   We had such a …

This month we continue exploring how to market healthy food to kids with a focus on quality and variety. Click here to read the first installment of our marketing and promotion series.   Getting your product mix right is about …

  SERVES 4 PREP & COOK TIME 45 MINUTES  Ingredients: 2 cups red lentils 2 tablespoons of oil 1 onion, finely sliced ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes (more if wanted) 1 teaspoon of brown mustard seeds ½ teaspoon ground turmeric …

  Vegetables and fruits are important for growing children and teenagers. Unfortunately Australians are not eating enough fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes access to fresh fruit and vegetables can be challenging however there are some tricks to get a variety of …

Did you know that the recent Australian Health Survey (ABS) found that 51% of teenage males had consumed soft drink on the day before their interview.   Drinking energy drinks and soft drinks regularly may seem appealing to the ‘risk taker …

preparation time 1 hour Ingredients: 2 cups of self-raising wholemeal flour 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped ½ cup of bran cereal 1 ¼ cup of skim milk 2 whole …

In our work with school tuckshops, we have seen that those making a healthy profit from selling healthy foods are doing this by applying marketing principles in their tuckshop. They are letting students and teachers know what is available by …

Many ancient civilisations have relied on grain foods for nourishment.  While the Chinese were eating rice, the Babylonians and Assyrians were eating wheat and barley and in Central and South America they were using maize.  Today we have access to …

  New Australian Physical Activity Guidelines were released on the 7th of February this year.  The new guidelines place a greater emphasis on highlighting the importance of a variety of aerobic and other exercise.  There is also a much greater …

Parent orientation events are the perfect opportunity to provide information to future parents on food supply in your school and the importance of healthy eating for productive learning and good behaviour.    You may like to use these resources at …

WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL NUTRITION WEEK FOOD SMART SCHOOLS COMPETITIONS    As part of the Nutrition Week 2013 activities students were invited by NAQ Nutrition to take part in two “design” competitions. All schools that completed these activities to promote …

LAST CHANCE! The Nutrition Week Competition has been extended until the 15 November. Get your entries into NAQ Nutrition to have the chance to win some of the great prizes on offer. Each class where students submit an entry (Activities …

A homemade smoothie can be an easy way to get kids having a calcium rich snack. For fussy breakfast eaters, smoothies can be a great way of getting them to have a substantial start to the day. For tuckshops, smoothies …

In 2013, we inspired families and communities to get involved in the National Nutrition Week theme of Project Dinnertime. With a celebration of nutritious home cooked recipes, Project Dinnertime aims to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of local households, helping …

EAT FOR HEALTH – THE NEW AUSTRALIAN DIETARY GUIDELINES AND AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO HEALTHY EATING FOR SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN  And it continues……….for those who have been following our e-newsletters this year, we have been providing you with and in depth …

Vegetable based dips make a healthy snack choice and can be used as a spread on sanwiches and wraps. It should come as no surprise that dips top the list of the perfect party food. They are fun to eat  and  simple and …

Need Lack of nutritional awareness for students at this community access school in Brisbane offering marginalised young women the chance to complete secondary school education. Many students are young mothers. Solution A 12 month whole of school education program was …

Need In response to the rising rates of overweight and obesity, Qld schools needed framework to create whole of school environments that support healthy eating. Schools needed support to implement Qld Government’s mandatory “ Smart Choices healthy Food and Drink …

Need Eating habits formed during formative years shape lifelong eating habits. Many Qld boarding schools provide too many choices that are high in fat, added sugar and salt. Healthy eating improves student health and performance in the classroom. Solution Through …

Need A single information and support service providing nutrition information and resources to the whole of school community did not exist in Qld. Solution We developed and launched the Food Smart Schools program in 2011 including a FREE subscriber service …

  Did you Know? Queensland Schools saved nearly $4m using the Department’s Standing Offer Arrangements (SOA) for the 2012 school year. The Department of Education’s procurement unit can help your school whether you are a government, or a non government …

Food Safety Supervisor Course for Tuckshops & Canteens This is a nationally recognised course. Upon successful completion of the course a statement of attainment for units, SITXFSA101 – Use hygienic practices for food safety and SITXFSA201 – Participate in safe …

Do you get asked questions about the nutritional value of your Boarding School’s menu? The most comprehensive menu review service in Queensland can answer those questions. Food Smart Schools conducts a thorough menu assessment and review process. All assessments are completed …

Under the Qld Food Act (2006) all licensable QLD food businesses, which can include non government schools that prepare food, must have a qualified Food Safety Supervisor and a Food Safety Plan. Government schools, although exempt from the Food Act, …

As school tuckshop/ canteen convenors, many of you will have just gone through the process of preparing your menus for term 1 2013!  No doubt you are all now fully in the swing of preparing these menus in your tuckshop.  …

The end of term 4 is a time to reflect on the year that was and prepare for the year ahead. The Food Smart Schools Team asked Jocelyn Ashcroft from Tuckshop and Canteen Management Consultants for her thoughts on what …

The humble lunchbox and its contents have certainly had plenty of media attention this year.  If you are feeling overwhelmed with all this info, we’ve simplified it for you. Regular and healthy meals and snacks including both carbohydrate and protein …

Food Smart Schools offers a wide range of education opportunities for all members of the school community including school tuckshops and canteens, principals, P&C’s, teachers, school based youth health nurses, parents and students. For a complete list of our seminars and …

Food Smart Schools Menu Review Service Take out the guess work and have a Food Smart Schools Dietitian/Nutritionist complete an independent review of your schools tuckshop or canteen menu!  Menu Review Application Form Food Smart Schools tuckshop and canteen menu reviews …

Food Smart Schools offers a wide range of services and training for all members of the school community including: School tuckshops and canteens Teachers and Principals Parent organisations Parents Students For a complete list of our current services, download our Schools …

Food Smart Schools works with the whole school community to provide accurate, practical nutrition information and a range of services and advice for school tuckshops/canteens, Principals, P&C’s, teachers, school based youth health nurses, parents and students. Our Dietitians, Nutritionists and …