Table 1

K-GFYL health promotion activities implemented in settings

K-GFYL Program area

Health promotion activity

Water and sweet drinks

Children have access to water throughout the day (water bottles, jugs and fountains)

Sweet drinks are restricted or not allowed

Having access to drinking water is reflected in school/service policy

Fruit and Vegetables

Defined periods of time when students/children are encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables only (e.g. Fruit & Veg play lunch, fruit break)

School/service policy that includes a fruit break

Information is provided to parents about healthy lunches and snacks

Special days to promote fruit and vegetables such as: Free Fruit Fridays, nude food days (e.g. no packaged snacks), apple slinky days

Students/children are involved in activities to grow and cook food

Staff role modeling healthy eating and drinking practices

Establishing links with local fruit and vegetable retailers

Food is not used as a reward, incentive or for comfort

Unhealthy food and drinks

The school/service policy restricts unhealthy and promotes healthy foods and drinks

The food service provides foods consistent with healthy eating guidelines and government policy

Fundraising is consistent with healthy eating guidelines and policies

Physical Activity

Professional development opportunities for staff

Established partnerships with local community and physical activity organizations1

Structured and free active play sessions are planned on a daily basis

Children have at least 30 minutes of structured active play and at least 60 minutes (and up to several hours) of unstructured play during their care session2

Structural equipment (e.g. sandpit, fixed play equipment) is available for all students

Classroom programs encourage physical activity during break time for all students1

Staff role model being physically active

Physical activity/active play policies are implemented

Restrictions on screen-based activities (e.g. TV, DVDs, computers)

Parents are provided with information about screen time recommendations for children and children's physical activity

Safe and Active

Promotion of walking/riding to school or other places ≥once/term1


Available bike storage for student and staff

Child cyclist and pedestrian safety program

Traffic calming measures outside the school/service

Curriculum and Policy

Teaching focused on healthy eating and physical activity, is incorporated in to the school curriculum plan1

Whole school/service approach to healthy eating and physical activity

Families and School Community

Parents/carers are provided with information about the healthy eating and physical activity policy requirements and/or copies of the policies

Information sessions/workshops for parents on healthy eating and physical activity

1Activities related to primary school settings only; 2Activities related to care settings only

de Silva-Sanigorski et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:288   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-288

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