Healthy eating and regular physical activity are essential to promoting and maintaining good health. The Smart Choices - Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools 1.1M is all about offering healthy food and drink choices to students in Queensland schools.
Smart Choices, which is mandatory in state schools, applies to all situations where food and drink is supplied in the school environment including tuckshops, vending machines, school excursions, school camps, fundraising, classroom rewards, school events such as celebrations and sports days, and food used in curriculum activities.
Reflecting the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, Smart Choices categorises foods and drinks into three groups:
Green - Have Plenty 287K
These foods and drinks are encouraged and promoted in schools.
Amber - Select Carefully 287K
These foods and drinks should not dominate choices and should be avoided in large serve sizes.
Red - Occasional 287K
The availability of these foods and drinks should be limited to no more than two occasions per term.
In 2016, changes were made to the way some food and drinks are classified under Smart Choices to align more closely with the National Healthy School Canteens Guidelines and the Australian Dietary Guidelines . These changes are reflected in the updated 2016 Smart Choices Ready Reckoner 136K (table of food and drinks commonly supplied in schools).
In 2009, the Department of Education, Training and Employment and Queensland Health published an evaluation of the implementation of Smart Choices across Queensland's state schools. The findings and recommendations of the evaluation are detailed in the Smart Choices Evaluation Report 2.1M and Evaluation Summary 252K.
In March 2015, the Department of Education and Training began evaluating the Smart Choices project which ran from October 2011 to June 2015 with funding through the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health and Queensland Health. The project provided ongoing assistance, professional development and support to Queensland schools implementing the Smart Choices strategy. The evaluation report will be released in 2016.
This page was last reviewed on 28 Jan 2016
Free Smart Choices online training is now available.
This training is suitable for state and non-state school tuckshop staff, volunteers, parents and teachers. The training program may be used to refresh current knowledge or as an induction for new staff and volunteers.
The program consists of three modules:
View the Quick and healthy food ideas for schools videos featuring former My Kitchen Rules contestants and high school teachers, Paul and Blair.
Recipes featured in these videos are available for download from the Healthy eating section of the Smart Choices website.