Part of the Food Policy Snapshot Series
Food Policy Snapshot: Slovenia School Nutrition Law
Overview: In last decade, with obesity rates soaring, policymakers in Slovenia began assessing target populations and found that Slovenian adolescents very often chose unhealthy foods, ate meals irregularly, skipped breakfast, consumed less fruit and vegetables, and consumed high quantities of sugar-sweetened beverages. In 2010[MG1], Slovenia’s government passed legislation that organized national School Meals Program, which committed schools to the mandatory use of Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Nutrition and banned vending machines from selling any foods or sugary drink on school property. The law compliments standards and subsidies for school menus, cross-curricular nutrition education, and a school fruit and vegetable program.
Progress to date:
Food policy category: Food Insecurity; Food Supply & Distribution; Social and Economic Equity
Program Initiated: During the 1992/93 school year
How it works:
Slovenia has a long tradition of providing healthy, nutritionally substantial school meals. School meals are also an integral part of school curriculum. All schools in Slovenia are mandatorily enrolled in the School Meals Program, which is regulated by the School Meals Act. School meals provide roughly 20-70 percent of daily energy requirements, depending on the number of meals offered, for most students.
Why it is important:
Point of Contact: Slovenian National Institute of Public Health: [email protected]