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Healthy Canteens

Murrumbidgee Local Health District's Health Promotion team is working in schools and sporting clubs to increase healthy food options in these settings.

Children are bombarded with unhealthy food messages every day. It makes it hard for children to know what is healthy and what isn’t. Healthy options in canteens help children easily choose what their bodies need. 

We have been working closely with canteens since 2015. See our report from our early school canteen menu support program and our animated video. The video shows the benefits of healthy school canteens and celebrates the milestone of 100% public primary schools achieving the healthy school canteen strategy.

Project evaluation snapshots

We have summarised a range of projects that have supported aspects of Healthy Canteens through these evaluation snapshots. Please read these to get an understanding of the projects and if you have any questions please get in touch with us at mlhd-hp@health.nsw.gov.au 

How we can help 

  • Live Life Well at School. Through this program we help canteens to meet the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. For more information on Healthy School Canteens visit the NSW Healthy Canteens Website
  • Healthy Food Finder. For help in choosing healthy foods for your school canteen please visit the Healthy Food Finder website. This lists foods that are classifed as Everyday or Occasional and advises whether foods meet criteria for the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.
  • Canteen operations coaching. Coaching will be tailored to your needs and may focus on profitability, policies, menu planning, marketing, canteen processes and operations. Register your interest for coaching and please see our flyer for more information. Our evaluation infographic highlights the main outcomes of the pilot project. 
  • Canteen network meetings. These occur in several locations around the district. These are for canteen managers, volunteers, P&C members, school staff and food suppliers. They are opportunities to share ideas and support one another to run good canteen businesses that supply healthy food to children in our schools. Contact mlhd-hp@health.nsw.gov.au for information about these meetings.
  • High schools. The Secondary School Support Service is dedicated to supporting NSW secondary schools to meet the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy.

    Canteen managers, staff and volunteers can contact the service on 1300 724 850 between the hours of 8:30-4:30pm, weekdays.

Upcoming Canteen Network Meetings 
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Schools Achieving a Healthy Canteen 

Congratulations to the schools who have achieved a Healthy Canteen and have had their menu assessed by the Menu Check Service. We encourage schools to maintain their healthy canteen status. Browse the menus from these schools for inspiration for your school's healthy canteen menu. You can see the list of schools below.

Finish with the Right Stuff for sporting clubs

The Finish with the Right Stuff program works with sporting clubs to help their canteens provide healthy food choices for players and spectators before, during and after the game. Find out more about the Right Stuff program.  

Or contact us at mlhd-hp@health.nsw.gov.au to see how we can help you to achieve a healthy and profitable canteen.  

Schools achieving healthy canteen strategy  

Adelong Public School 

Lake Wyangan Public School
Albury High SchoolLavington East Public School 
Albury North Public School Lavington Public School 
Albury Public SchoolLeeton High School
Albury West Public School Leeton Public School
Ardlethan Central SchoolLutheran Primary School Wagga Wagga
Ariah Park Central SchoolMaimuru Public School
Ashmont Public SchoolMayrung Public School
Barellann Central SchoolMonteagle Public School
Barham High School Moulamein Public School
Barooga Public School Mount Austin Public School
Batlow Technology SchoolMurray High School
Beelbangera Public School Murrumburrah High School 
Berrigan Public SchoolMurrumburrah Public School
Blighty Public SchoolNarrandera East Infants School
Boorowa Central SchoolNarrandera Public School
Coleambally Central SchoolNorth Wagga Public School
Coolamon Central SchoolParkview Public School
Cootamundra High School Pleasant Hills Public School
Cootamundra Public SchoolRankin’s Springs Public School
Corowa Public SchoolSouth Wagga Public School
Deniliquin High SchoolSpringdale Heights Public School
Deniliquin North Public SchoolSt Michael's Primary Deniliquin
Deniliquin South Public SchoolSturt Public School 
Edward Public SchoolTabletop Public School
Finley Public SchoolTemora High School
Forest Hill Public SchoolTemora Public School 
Franklin Public SchoolTemora West Public School
Glenroy Public SchoolThe Rock Central School 
Goolgowi Public SchoolThurgoona Public School
Griffith East Public SchoolTocumwal Public School
Griffith High SchoolTooleybuc Central School
Griffith North Public SchoolTullibigeal Central School
Griffith Public SchoolTumbarumba High School 
Gundagai High SchoolTumut High School
Gundagai Public SchoolTurvey Park Public School
Gundagai South Public SchoolUngarie Central School 
Hanwood Public SchoolUranquinty Public School
Hay Public SchoolWagga Wagga High School 
Hay War Memorial High SchoolWagga Wagga Public School
Henty Public SchoolWakool Burraboi Public School
Hillston Central School Walla Walla Public School
Howlong Public School Weethalle Public School
Hume Public School West Wyalong High School
James Fallon High SchoolWest Wyalong Public School
Jerilderie Public SchoolWillans Hill School 
Jindera Public SchoolWyalong Public School
Junee High SchoolYanco Public School
Junee Public SchoolYenda Public School
Khancoban Public SchoolYoogali Public School 
Kooringal High SchoolYoung High School 
Kooringal Public SchoolYoung North Public School
Lake Albert Public SchoolYoung Public School 
Lake Cargelligo Central School 

 

Last updated: 16 February 2021
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