Formulating Healthy Eating and Physical Activity School Policy
Pre-primary institutions must put in place a comprehensive school policy on healthy eating and physical activity if healthy lifestyle is to be supported and promoted in an effective and sustainable manner in the school environment.
What is Healthy Eating and Physical Activity School Policy?
"Healthy Eating and Physical Activity School Policy" aims at realizing the goal of nurturing pre-school children to establish habits of healthy eating and regular physical activity. It forms the foundation for actions that may consist of setting directions, principles, regulations, adopting administrative measures and interventions to realise the goal.
What are the benefits of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity School Policy?
With a well-defined policy and goal in place, the objective and content of the action plan can be clearly spelt out to facilitate stakeholder understanding and engagement. School personnel, catering staff and parents are thus able to work collectively to achieve common goals of healthy eating and physical activity promotion for students.
How to formulate Healthy Eating and Physical Activity School Policy?
Schools may refer to the following steps to formulate their school-based policy:
Deliberation on and Establishment of the Objective
A policy-making group comprising the principal, teachers and parent representatives (e.g. parent members of the Parent-Teacher Association) should assess the knowledge, attitude and behaviour of school personnel, students and parents on healthy eating and physical activity. The group should then draft a policy tailored to the circumstances of their school and invite thorough discussion on it. Thereafter, the policy should be endorsed and announced for adoption.
Schools should regularly remind all school personnel of the policy and the result of policy review, and keep all parents informed through notices and website announcements (if applicable).
Review and Revision
It is necessary to review and track progress of the implementation of the policy annually and make revision when necessary, so that the objectives of school policy can be attained and enforced with adequate manpower and resources.
Samples for Setting and Reviewing "School Physical Activity Policy"
School Physical Activity Policy (Sample)
Review of School Physical Activity Policy (Sample)
Evaluation Form for Assessing the Progress of StartSmart@school.hk
"StartSmart@school.hk" Evaluation Form (Sample)