About Fuelled4life

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 whole or less processed, provide a rich source of nutrients and are lower in saturated fat, sugar and salt than Sometimes foods. Use mostly Everyday foods and drinks on your menu, encourage and promote these options. Everyday drinks are plain water and milk only.

Sometimes foods have usually gone through some processing and tend to be higher in saturated fat, sugar or salt than Everyday foods. These options should be limited on your menu.

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
  • 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.

Check out our visual food guide  More on the Ministry of Health's work