Schools are privileged and critical places for health promotion, namely for the encouragement of a healthy diet and regular physical activity. The guidelines presented below, reflect the effort of school communities to make food available in schools more nutritionally adequate.

Engaging children to make healthy decisions when choosing and eating food may not be enough, particularly when their surroundings make that choice difficult. If the food available in schools does not fit the parameters taught in the classrooms, it makes the teacher and the school’s job that much more difficult.

In recent years, several guidelines were produced by the Ministry of Education together with the Ministry of Health, in order to make the supply of foods in schools healthier, without compromising flavor and variety.