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National School Nutrition Policy


This policy seeks to ensure that children entering Jamaican educational facilities are exposed to good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.


The policy sets nutritional standards and guidelines and seeks to create school environments in which healthy food options are available and promoted. It includes five priority areas, namely: the food services environment, provision of meals, the physical activity environment, health promotion and lifestyle habits development, and curriculum development.

The policy also recommends the regulation of the marketing of foods and beverages and adopts the World Health Organization’s definition of “marketing”, that is, “any form of commercial communication or message that is designed to, or has the effect of increasing the recognition, appeal and/or consumption of particular products and services. It comprises anything that acts to advertise or otherwise promote a product or service” (Glossary).