Through provision of pizza, candy bars, etc, school cafeterias do not contribute to the health and performance of children. Therefore SPAR and SIPCAN, an independent association focusing on health promotion for children and adolescents, offer school cafeterias an extensive range of biological and scientifically proven SPAR private labels products for sale. More than 40 schools in Vienna already make use of this offer and provide a healthy snack for more than 20,000 students every day. SPAR renounces any profits whilst the quality and healthy food products are offered for the same price as the snack supplier.
AUSTRIA: healthy school snacks also the in cafeteria
One in four children in Austria is overweight. The reason for obesity is in most cases a poor diet, consisting mostly of sugary and fatty food and snacks. Improper dietary patterns already manifest themselves in childhood. “In order to give children and adolescents a variety of healthy and at the same time tasty alternatives to sausage rolls and other items, we and SIPCAN are working together to promote healthier snacks at schools in Vienna” says Dr. Gerhard Drexel, CEO of SPAR Austria.
Biological and healthy SPAR products
Under the motto ‘clever snack – cool break’ SPAR has been offering school cafeterias a scientifically proven food range at a considerably discounted price since 2008. In the range are mainly products selected from SPAR Natur*pur, the organic private label range of SPAR Austria, with products originating mainly from local
producers. In addition, SPAR Vital products, another healthy private label range from SPAR Austria which has been carefully selected in cooperation with nutrition experts and doctors, are on offer. They are characterised by a low fat and sugar content and a very high level of nutrient density.
Objective: improving eating habits
Before the SPAR products end up in cafeterias in Viennese schools, SIPCAN examines the ingredients and sugar content. The project is aimed at improving the eating habits of students as well as the offering in school cafeterias. In the beginning, the cooperation was limited to ten schools, but it has grown and now more than 40 schools have switched to the healthy break options.