n view of this, the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme (HMSP) seeks to enhance the availability of healthier food and beverage choices in schools through an integrated programme involving teachers, canteen vendors and students. The Health Promotion Board (HPB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE), actively encourages schools to participate in this programme.
Canteen vendors from participating schools are expected to follow food service guidelines which aim to encourage canteen vendors to cut down fat, sugar and salt and serve whole-grains, fruit and vegetables in the meals; and serve healthy set meals. These healthy set meals incorporate food from the four main food groups – brown rice and wholemeal bread, meat and others, vegetables and fruit – thereby helping students receive the right nutrients necessary for their growing needs.
Schools are encouraged to monitor the food and beverages sold in the school to ensure the adherence to the guidelines. To achieve the Healthy Meals in Schools award, participating schools are assessed by nutritionists/ dietitians commissioned by HPB for their adherence to the guidelines of the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme.
If a school which has received the Healthy Meals in Schools Award is found to have failed in their efforts to adhere with the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme guidelines during the period of the award, HPB may consider revoking the award.