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Healthy Eating: Local Policy Change for School and Recreation Settings


  • Healthy eating,
  • Policy environment,
  • Community,
  • Schools,
  • Facilities & organizations,

Local policy change: evidence from school and recreation settings

High-impact: school settings

How to implement

  • Healthy eating policies and/or nutrition standards in schools support healthy food and beverage choices.1 

Try this: Many Alberta schools work with Alberta Health Services health promotion coordinators to build healthy school environments. Click here to learn more about how a health promotion coordinator can support you in creating a healthier school environment and to determine who the Alberta Health Services staff member is in your community.

Try this: If the school or school board in your community does not have a healthy eating policy yet, contact members of the school community to develop one. Make sure that policies:

Try this: Consider applying school successes in other settings where children gather, such as childcare and recreation settings.

Emerging evidence: recreation settings

How to implement

  • Sport and recreation organizations are encouraged to evaluate existing healthy food and beverage initiatives and share their results with other facilities and communities.To learn more about research and evaluation, look at the Learning from experience strategies.
  1. Koplan JP, Liverman CT, Kraak VA. Preventing childhood obesity: health in the balance. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 2004.
  2. Alberta Government. Alberta nutrition guidelines for children and youth: a childcare, school and recreation/community centre resource manual. Edmonton (AB): Alberta Government; 2012. Available from:
  3. Priest N, Armstrong R, Doyle J, Waters E. Policy interventions implemented through sporting organisations for promoting healthy behaviour change (Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008(3). doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004809.pub3. Available from:
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