About Fuelled4life
About Fuelled4life

Fuelled4life is here to help! We are offering you a free tool that gives your school and early learning service an easy and appealing solution to this challenge.

Managed by the Heart Foundation, Fuelled4life is a collaborative initiative that involves the education, health and food industry sectors working together to make it easier to have healthier food in schools and early learning services.

Fuelled4life is the brand name for the Food and Beverage Classification System (FBCS) in schools and early learning services.  It was chosen to reflect the importance of healthy eating in the lives of New Zealand children.

Fuelled4life is all about young people getting a good start to life through access to healthier food and beverages. It is designed to inspire schools and early learning services to provide tasty, nutritious products and to encourage the food industry to produce and supply healthier foods and beverages that young people will want to consume.

The FBCS was designed specifically for foods and beverages children commonly consume in an education setting. Foods and beverages are classified according to their nutrient profile and the system identifies the healthier options. 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

For people involved in selecting foods and drinks for catered meals, tuck shops and canteens, vending machines, sponsorship deals, fundraisers and other special events, the FBCS identifies the healthier options.


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.

Eating for healthy 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
  • Low in sugar, especially added sugar
  • Low in salt.

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.