“Healthy Drinks at School” Charter

Excessive intake of sugar increases not only the risk of obesity in children, but also their chance of suffering from tooth decay. Children having sugary drinks will even develop a sweet tooth, which in turn hinders the development of a healthy eating habit. In a survey conducted by the Department of Health in 2016, it was found that about half of the interviewed kindergartens and child care centres would provide young children with full-fat or sweetened milk, such as chocolate milk and fruit-flavoured milk. It is also a cause for concern that many kindergartens and child care centres add full-fat milk, condensed milk, evaporated milk and sugar to instant drinks and use food as a reward.

The “Healthy Drinks at School” Charter was launched in 2018/19 school year for three school years, with a view to:

  • creating and enhancing a school environment and culture conducive to healthy eating by fostering closer collaboration with kindergartens and child care centres; and
  • reducing young children’s sugar intake by promoting healthy drinks and not offering unhealthy ones at schools.

Given the positive feedback and support received from schools, the “StartSmart@school.hk” Campaign will continue to implement the Charter in 2021/22 school year for three school years.

We sincerely invite all kindergartens and child care centres to become a signatory of the Charter and pledge to promote healthy drinks at schools. For more information, please refer to details of the Charter. Schools interested in becoming a signatory of the Charter may download and fill in the Letter of Commitment for the Charter, and return it to the “StartSmart@school.hk” Secretariat by fax, email or post.

List of “Healthy Drinks at School Charter” Signatories

Examples of Healthy Drinks

Press Release


“StartSmart@school.hk” Secretariat

  • Telephone: 3151 7621
  • Fax: 3585 2130
  • Email: startsmart@dh.gov.hk
  • Address: Unit A-D, 8/F, China Oversea Building, 139 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong