Sugar free Primary Schools (FI)

What is it all about?

In 2011, the City of Vaasa introduced a concept of Primary Schools completely free from candy, ice cream and sweetened beverages. The National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland started the change by challenging the schools in Finland to introduce “sugar free zones”. This means that parents and pupils are not allowed to bring candy, ice cream and sweetened beverages into the school. Further, these items can no longer be sold in school.
Most of the parents were pleased with change into sugar free zones.  The teachers’ view of the matter is positive too, since they have observed that the pupils’ average weight has been declining after the “No Sugar”-initiative. Teachers also say, that they don´t have to negotiate with parents any longer about bringing candy gifts to school, simply because the rule is now the same for everybody.


Why it is a Best Practice

The “No Sugar”-initiative is considered a best practice, because it targets the problem of obesity among kids, which is a growing concern. Snacks with high sugar content have an effect on this. This initiative is a way you can make a difference in young pupils’ health at primary school age.

Stakeholders involved

Pupils, School managers, Teachers, Kitchen staff, Parents

For more information

Contact Tarja Paikkala, coordinator for Health Promotion, City of Vaasa for more information.
Mail: Phone: +358-40-559 2286.

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