Our Nutrient Criteria

Healthy Kids Association has developed our own Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria to promote and encourage the food industry to develop healthier products to be sold in school canteens around Australia.

Our nutrient criteria are based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy and the other healthy school canteen strategies that are in place across Australia.

For many food and drink categories, the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria are stricter than the Government guidelines to challenge the food industry to develop products lower in saturated fat, sodium and energy (KJ), and higher in fibre and calcium.

Products that meet the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria can be registered in the Healthy Kids Product Registration Scheme. Products that meet the various state/territory criteria but not the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria can still be sold in school canteens, but cannot be a Healthy Kids Registered Product and will not be listed in the highly esteemed School Canteen Buyers’ Guides.

To read more about what Nutrient Criteria are and why they exist, click here.

For more information on the Healthy Kids Nutrient Criteria and our nutrient targets for specific products, please contact us.