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Healthy Treats Fact Sheet

Food preferences become established by our early eating experiences. Consistently providing healthy options for special events like classroom celebrations or as a treat, helps reinforce learning programs and messages about healthy eating.

School events

Twice a term schools will be able to choose to exempt food and drinks sold at fetes, fundraisers or school events from the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines (refer to the ACT Public School Food and Drink Policy 2015). This should not limit the number of classroom celebrations schools may enjoy. On these occasions, schools are strongly encouraged to consider having healthy alternatives.

The following is a list of ideas for special occasions such as classroom celebrations:


Why are there no food rewards and incentives at school?

In a learning environment, praise and positive reinforcement are the preferred methods for encouraging students. This does not mean that food and drink can't be a part of class or school celebrations and events.


Canberra Hospital and Health Services, ACT Government, TuckerTalk Fact sheets.

Queensland Smart Choices Fact sheet No. 13, Healthier school discos, (adapted with permission from Nutrition Australia – Queensland Division) 2010.

WA Department of Education and Training, Healthy Food and Drink Choices in Schools, Ideas for non-food rewards for students Fact sheet.

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