Food laws and decisions: School Environment

The policy category “School Environment” focuses on regulation of school environments aimed at restricting access to unhealthy food and beverages,and/or promoting healthier diets. This category includes policies such as banning the sale of unhealthy food and beverages in schools through vending machines, school meal programs or nutrition education.

School Environment related food laws and decisions

  • International · Law · International norms

    Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

    Oct. 17, 2018 To accelerate the response to address non-communicable diseases for the health and well-being of present and future generations.

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    Outcome document of the second high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on non-communicable diseases

    Jul. 10, 2014 To take stock of the progress since the first high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases in 2011, reaffirm, and strengthen the commitments.

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2030

    May. 27, 2013 The WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs operationalizes the commitments made in the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable...

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

    May. 26, 2004 To provide guidance for the development of an enabling environment for sustainable actions at individual, community, national and global levels that, when taken together, will lead to reduced disease and...

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Interim report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

    Aug. 3, 2016 The report reiterates the importance of a rights-based approach to “adequate food”, and highlights that unhealthy diets are a form of malnutrition

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  • International · Law · International norms

    General comment No. 15 (2013) on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health (art. 24)

    Apr. 17, 2013 The General Comment provides guidance and support to States parties and other duty bearers in respecting, protecting and fulfilling children’s right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of...

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

    Sep. 19, 2011 To shed light on the global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases as one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Unhealthy foods, non-communicable diseases and the right to health – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health

    Apr. 1, 2014 In this report, the Special Rapporteur highlights the link between unhealthy foods and diet-related non-communicable diseases, underscoring the urgent need for States to address structural changes in the food environment,...

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  • International · Law · International norms

    Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

    Dec. 26, 2011 The report shows how undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency and overnutrition are different dimensions of malnutrition that must be addressed to fully realize the right to food

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  • Brazil · Law · Administrative Acts

    Adequate and Healthy Eating in the School Environment Standarts Decree

    Dec. 12, 2023 The decree provides for the principles, objectives, strategic axes and guidelines to promote adequate and healthy eating in the school environment.

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  • Brazil · Law · Legislation

    Law on the Childhood Obesity Prevention in the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro

    Jul. 12, 2023 This law establishes actions to prevent childhood obesity.

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  • Brazil · Law · Legislation

    Law on the Prohibition of the Commercialization and Advertising of Products Related to Childhood Obesity in the Municipality of Niteroi

    Nov. 19, 2009 Law on the prohibition of the commercialization, acquisition, manufacturing, distribution, and advertising of products related to childhood obesity. This law has been amended by Law No. 3766 of 2023, and...

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  • Brazil · Law · Legislation

    Law on the Prohibition of the Commercialization and Advertising of Ultraprocessed Products in the Municipality of Niterói

    Jan. 06, 2023 It amends the Law No. 2659 of 2009 that aims to prohibit the sale, purchase, manufacture, distribution and advertising of products that contribute to childhood obesity

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  • Colombia · Law · Legislation

    Law for Promotion of Healthy Food Environments and NCD Prevention (Law No. 2120 of 2021)

    Jul. 30, 2021 Also known as "Ley Comida Chatarra", this law seeks to adopt effective measures that promote healthy food environments, guaranteeing the basic right to health, especially for children and adolescents, with...

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  • Colombia · Law · Programmatic documents

    National Guidelines for the Implementation and Development of Healthy Environment Strategies

    Dec. 2006 The guidelines were created to contribute to the creation of a sustainable environment through coordinated action, that allows for the adequate development of children, young people, families and communities in...

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  • Colombia · Law · Legislation

    Law for Control, Care and Prevention of Obesity and related NCDs (Law No. 1355 of 2009)

    Oct. 14, 2009 To declare obesity and the non-communicable diseases associated with it a public health priority, and to adopt measures for its control, care, and prevention.

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  • Mexico · Law · Legislation

    Law For The Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and Eating Disorders in Mexico City

    Jun. 22, 2022 It provides a legal framework to develop mechanisms and tools to prevent and comprehensively address obesity, overweight and eating disorders, as well as to promote the adoption of correct eating...

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  • Brazil · Law · Administrative Acts

    Ordinance on the Protomotion of Healthy Diets in the School Enviroment

    May. 08, 2006 This ordinance establishes guidelines for promoting healthy diets in early childhood as well as in elementary and high schools.

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  • Barbados · Law · Programmatic documents

    National School Nutrition Policy

    Sep. 19, 2022 The National School Nutrition Policy of Barbados seeks to create healthy school environments that enhance student learning and are conducive to the development of healthy lifelong eating and activity behaviors...

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    National School Nutrition Standards

    2021 These Standards seek to define the types of foods and beverages which are restricted, ensure that nourishing food is served more frequently and improve the nutrient quality of school meals....

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases in Jamaica 2013-2018

    2013 This strategic and action plan aims to "provide a framework and road map for national action to combat non-communicable diseases and injuries and their risk factors in Jamaica within the...

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    Food and Nutrition Security Policy

    Mar. 2013 This policy provides strategies, actions and a framework for addressing the critical issues of food and nutrition security.

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    National Policy for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle in Jamaica

    Apr. 2004 This policy seeks to promote healthy lifestyles in the Jamaican population so as to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS and to...

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    Food Based Dietary Guidelines for Jamaica

    2015 These guidelines aim to promote healthy behaviors and practices that will help the population aged two years and older to make healthy food choices.

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  • Barbados · Law · Programmatic documents

    Nutritious and Healthy Foods in Schools Nutritional and Practical Guidelines for Barbados

    2015 These Guidelines aim to provide clear, evidence-based information about the relationship between good nutrition, physical activity and its impact on the health and development of children and young people as...

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    National School Nutrition Policy

    2022 This policy seeks to ensure that children entering Jamaican educational facilities are exposed to good nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

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  • Barbados · Law · Programmatic documents

    National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases – 2020-2025

    2020 The National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases provides an action plan to address the four main non-communicable diseases of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic...

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  • South Africa · Law · Programmatic documents

    National School Nutrition Programme Guidelines for Tuck Shop Operators

    Feb. 21, 2014 Guideline to promote the availability of healthy food alternatives from school tuck shops in school premises

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    National Operational Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Obesity in Children and Adolescents in Jamaica (2016-2020)

    Jun. 2016 The National Operational Plan of Action seeks to operationalize the obesity prevention activities of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs).

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  • Barbados · Law · Programmatic documents

    Food Based Dietary Guidelines for Barbados

    2017 These Guidelines set out a national framework for nutrition in Barbados and aim to encourage healthy eating habits and to promote active lifestyles for the prevention and management of chronic...

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  • Mexico · Law · Programmatic documents

    General Guidelines for the Sale and Distribution of Food and Beverages for Consumption in Schools

    May. 16, 2014 The purpose of the regulation is to promote healthy nutrition in public schools.

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  • Jamaica · Law · Legislation

    Early Childhood Act

    Nov. 30, 2007 This law requires operators to comply with specific personnel, physical, health and safety and other requirements to ensure that institutions offer safe environments for children.

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    Standards for the Operation, Management and Administration of Early Childhood Institutions

    2007 The Standards for the Operation, Management and Administration of Early Childhood Institutions define best practices for early childhood institutions and serve to encourage institutions to raise their level of practice...

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  • Jamaica · Law · Programmatic documents

    Interim Guidelines for Beverages in Schools

    Nov. 2018 These Guidelines seek to address the increasing rates of overweight and obesity in Jamaica, and particularly in the adolescent population.

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  • Colombia · Law · Legislation

    Law on Resources and Competences for the Provision of Education and Health Services (Law No. 715 of 2001)

    Dec. 21, 2001 The law allocates responsibilities for the provision of health and education services, including food catering services.

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  • Colombia · Law · Legislation

    General Education Law (Law No. 115 of 1994)

    Feb. 8, 1994 The law establishes the general norms that regulate the public education service, in compliance with the principles provided in the Constitution of Colombia on right to education, and freedom of...

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  • Colombia · Law · Legislation

    Code for Children and Adolescents (Law No. 1098 of 2006)

    Nov. 8, 2006 The Code establishes substantive and procedural norms for the comprehensive protection of children's rights, which includes the provision of a balanced and healthy diet.

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  • Barbados · Law · Legislation

    Education Act

    Jan. 1, 1983 This law seeks to co-ordinate the education system from primary to tertiary and including public, private and assisted private schools or educational institutions.

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  • Brazil · Law · Administrative Acts

    Resolution on National School Meals Program and the Direct Financial Resources in School Program

    Dec. 5, 2020 The resolution modifies the guidelines for the allocation of National School Meals Program [Programa Nacional de Alimentação Escolar (PNAE)] funds.

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  • Brazil · Law · Legislation

    Law on the Provision of School Meals

    Jun. 16, 2009 This law provides some principles on the provision of school meals. It law amends Law No. 8.880 of June 9, 2004, Law No. 11.273 of February 6, 2006, Law No....

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