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History : The Oslo Lunch


Food rationing during and after World War II, and a growing awareness of the link between eating well and staying healthy, led to a heightened interest in good nutrition around Australia. In 1940 a school in Victoria began a trial to assess the value of the Norwegian designed 'Oslo lunch' - a salad sandwich on wholemeal bread, a bottle of milk and a piece of fruit. The trial showed that children eating the 'Oslo lunch' gained weight, had more energy and that their scratches and cuts healed faster (Source: http://john.curtin.edu.au/1940s/healthy ).


In NSW, healthy lunches were promoted by both the Health and Education Departments, and the following piece appeared in the School Magazine in 1961.


The bought lunch


“The responsibility of parents does not end when they give their children sufficient money to buy their lunches. Where the school is fortunate enough to have a school canteen which provides a standard Oslo lunch the children are able to obtain tasty and nutritious lunches at a reasonable cost. If, however, the tuck shop is not an Oslo one, or if the children visit the shops outside the school, parents should continually advise the children on the way to spend their money. It is always worthwhile checking this with them at night too. A lunch consisting of chips, a soft drink and lollies, which is often purchased by the child who knows no better, does not supply the requirements for adequate growth”.


At your Editor’s primary school, the canteen was actually called “The Oslo”.




P&C NSW - Canteens

The revised Canteen Management Manual is now available. Printed version and CD ($25 for affiliated organizations). Order copies 1300 885 982 or mail@pandc.org.au 


NSW Department of Health - Fresh Tastes Healthy School Canteen Strategy

The Fresh Tastes NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is all about giving students across NSW a taste for healthy foods. It heralds a move beyond nutrition guidelines for school canteens to a government-endorsed approach that helps schools determine the healthier types of foods that should be available for sale in their canteens.


Healthy Kids NSW Government

Five steps to a healthy lifestyle. Good list of links.


NSW Department of Health – Resources

Information Leaflet, Canteen Menu Planning Guide, Fresh Tastes Tool Kit, Newsletters.


NSW Department of Education & Training – School Canteens


NSW School Canteen Association

Information, publications, links, Canteen Network Meetings.


Canteen Grants

As a part of the Australian Government’s $116 million `Building a Healthy, Active Australia’ package, grants of up to $1,500 per school will be available to help schools develop programs that promote healthy eating. Applications may be made via this web site or via the NSW Canteen Association.

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating

Sydney Markets – Fresh for Kids

Food Standards - Australia & New Zealand

          Fact Sheets for Charities and Community Organisations

Diabetes Australia

AIS Sports Nutrition


Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis Guidelines Second Edition, 2006 pdf 1.25 Mb, 24 pages

See NSW Health’s webpage on Allergies & Anaphylaxis


NSW Department of Health Fact Sheet  Dec 2003 pdf 94kb, 2 pages


Extract from Fact Sheet

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when an overactive immune system produces antibodies (IgE) against substances in the environment (allergens) that are usually harmless. Once allergy has developed exposure to the particular allergen can result in symptoms which vary from mild to potentially life threatening or anaphylaxis.

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe, rapidly progressive allergic reaction that is potentially life threatening. It should be regarded as a medical emergency.

What causes anaphylaxis?

The most common causes of anaphylaxis are:

Food allergy – eg peanuts, other nuts, milk and eggs

Insect stings – eg bee, wasp, jumper ants

Medicines – eg antibiotics (eg penicillin), aspirin

Latex – eg rubber gloves, balloons, swimming caps.

It is important to know that even small amounts of food, when eaten by someone who is allergic to that food can cause anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis Guidelines Old Original Version, 2003 pdf 830kb, 25 pages


Anaphylaxis Guidelines

Your voice

The Parents Jury is an Australian web-based network of parents who wish to improve the food and physical activity environments for children in Australia. It includes an online forum which will take on the food industry by putting its marketing tactics on trial.

The Parents Jury is an initiative of the Australasian Society for the Study of Obesity, Diabetes Australia - Vic, The Cancer Council Australia and its member bodies, and VicHealth, who have provided financial, administrative and technical support to establish The Parents Jury.

From the UK

Turning the Tables: Transforming School Food - Recommendations for the Development and Implementation of Revised School Lunch Standards


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Healthy Food and Drink Supply Strategy for Queensland Schools

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Healthy Canteen Online Buyers Guide



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