Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness
Nutrition education in schools
FAO recognizes the important role that schools have in promoting good diets and healthful eating habits. Through nutrition education in school that links classroom learning with active participation and hands-on practice, schoolchildren can acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make good food choices and develop eating habits that will help keep them healthy and well-nourished throughout their lives.
FAO promotes nutrition education that combines classroom learning with practical learning activities, creates a nutrition-supporting school environment, and involves the whole school community and parents. Engaging children and their families in such activities as growing fruits and vegetables in school gardens, preparing food, planning meals, practicing personal hygiene, improving school meals and keeping a clean, safe school environment helps reinforce learning, promote healthy diets and improve nutrition. Read more: School Food.
School materials and resources
Many countries are working to strengthen their educational materials on food, health and nutrition for use in schools. FAO provides assistance to ministries of education, health and agriculture to develop nutrition education materials for teachers and students, especially at the primary school level. See below examples from some country materials.
FAO has developed the “Eating well for good health” lessons on food and nutrition for secondary-level students and individual learners and has produced a “Planning guide for nutrition education curriculum development” to help countries include food and nutrition education in the primary school curriculum.