Welcome to the National Healthy School Canteens Workshop.
The aim of this training workshop is to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding necessary to use the National Healthy School Canteens (NHSC) food categorisation system.
Learning objectives of the trainingWhen you have completed the workshop you will be able to:
- design a canteen menu in line with the NHSC food categorisation system, and
- assess individual manufactured food products against the nutrient criteria.
Workshop contentThe 3-hour workshop has three topics. Participant learning in each topic will be reinforced by a series of individual and group-based learning activities facilitated by the trainer during the workshop.
Workshop topicsTopic 1: Nutrition basics
This is a basic introduction to the fundamentals of nutrition – nutrition is defined, key nutrients are identified and their roles discussed. The classification of foods according to The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating explained and explored.
Topic 2: The NHSC food categorisation system
The NHSC food categorisation system, based on The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is described and explained and applied to menu items.
Topic 3: Special dietary and cultural needs
Special dietary and cultural needs are examined.
Workshop activitiesYou will participate in a range of discussions and hands-on learning activities throughout the workshop. These activities are designed to help you apply healthy eating principles to canteen menu design and assess individual manufactured food products.
Workshop session planThe 3-hour workshop covers the theory and justification of the role of the school canteen in the health of children and provides practical application in the planning of menus based on the nutrient criteria.
|Topic 1: Nutrition basics||30 minutes|
|Topic 2: The NHSC food categorisation system||60 minutes|
|Topic 3: Special dietary and cultural needs||30 minutes|
- Participant’s Workbook
- NHSC Guidelines for healthy foods and drinks supplied in school canteens
- Poster (Healthy kids need healthy canteens!) x 3
- The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGTHE) poster
- Quick Reference flip chart
- Healthy Eating for Children brochure
- Food labels
- Food Safety Fact Sheet
- Program briefing PowerPoint presentation and notes (CD)
- Pocket Guide
Icons used in this workbookThroughout this guide you will find icons representing various kinds of information to help you follow the workshop activities.
Activities marked with this symbol involve brainstorming and group discussion.
Activities marked with this symbol involve group work and problem solving.
Website links for further reading at the end of each section.