Do you select or prepare food and drinks for children in schools or early learning centers? Fuelled4life is here to support you to make healthier food choices for the children in your care.
Managed by the Heart Foundation, Fuelled4life is a collaborative initiative involving the education, health and food industry sectors working together to supply healthier food in schools and early learning services. Fuelled4life is the brand name for the Food and Beverage Classification System (FBCS). The FBCS was designed specifically for foods and beverages children commonly consume in an education setting. Foods, beverages and recipes are categorised according to the FBCS Nutrient Criteria into either; everyday and sometimes.
Everyday foods and drinks are the healthiest choices for your students. They are lower in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Encourage and promote these foods and drinks in your menu options.
Sometimes foods and drinks are still good choices but are a bit higher in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt so should be eaten in moderation. These foods and drinks should not dominate the choices available to your students
Who can benefit from this website?
Fuelled4life inspires schools and early learning services to provide tasty, nutritious products for children, and to encourage the food industry to produce and supply healthier foods and beverages that young people will want to consume. But parents, people who cater meals, tuck shops and canteens, vending machines, sponsorship deals, fundraisers and other special events for children all can benefit from a Fuelled4life approach. We can supply you with all of the information you will need to acheive healther menu options with great tips, and loads of free recipes, and resources (example canteen menus, makesheets etc) to make the move towards healthier meal options an easy one.
What are the food and nutrition guidelines?
The Food and Beverage Classification System is based on the Ministry of Health’s Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children Aged 2–12 Years (1997) and Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Adolescents (1998) which identify healthy eating for children and young people.
So what is healthy eating for children and young people?
1. Eat a variety of foods from each of the four food groups each day.
- vegetables and fruit, including different colours and textures
- grain foods, increasing wholegrain products as children increase in age
- milk and milk products or suitable alternatives, preferably reduced or low-fat options
- legumes, fish, seafood, eggs, poultry and meat
2. Eat enough for activity, growth and to maintain a healthy body size.
3. Prepare foods or choose pre-prepared foods, snacks and drinks that are low in:
- fat, especially saturated fat
- sugar, especially added sugar
4. Drink plenty of water during the day. Include reduced or low-fat milk every day.
5. Alcohol is not recommended for children or young people.
6. Eat meals with family or whanau as often as possible.
7. Encourage children and young people to be involved in shopping, growing and cooking family meals.
8. Purchase, prepare, cook and store food in ways to ensure food safety.
9. Be physically active.
Let's get crunching and make better choices!
If you would like to start making healthier choices for the kids in your care we can help you identify healthier options using our free online tool the "Healthy Food Cruncher". Have more questions? Contact us and let us know how we can help you.