National Healthy School Canteens

Participant’s Workbook

Introduction

Page last updated: 23 October 2013

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 training

When 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 content

The 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 topics

Topic 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 activities

You 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 plan

The 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.

ActivityTime allocation
Introduction20 minutes
Topic 1: Nutrition basics30 minutes
Break10 minutes
Topic 2: The NHSC food categorisation system60 minutes
Break10 minutes
Topic 3: Special dietary and cultural needs30 minutes
Summary20 minutes

Participant resources

  • 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
Additional materials to assist communicating changes to the school community
  • Program briefing PowerPoint presentation and notes (CD)
  • Pocket Guide

Icons used in this workbook

Throughout this guide you will find icons representing various kinds of information to help you follow the workshop activities.

Brainstorming and Group Discussion Symbol Activities marked with this symbol involve brainstorming and group discussion.

Group Work and Problem Solving Symbol Activities marked with this symbol involve group work and problem solving.

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