Australian Dietary Guidlines

Many families rely on school canteens to regularly contribute to their children’s food intake. It is important therefore that canteen menus are able to make a positive health contribution to children’s diets.

 The Australian Dietary Guidelines give advice on eating for health and wellbeing; they include:

  • Guideline 1         To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts                                  of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs
  • Guideline 2         Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day
  • Guideline 3         Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars and alcohol
  • Guideline 4         Encourage, support and promote breastfeeding
  • Guideline 5         Care for your food; prepare and store it safely.