The Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will work closely with the Department of Health to promote the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise (VHEE) to schools and their communities.

The VHEE encompasses a range of initiatives being undertaken by the Victorian Government in partnership with local government, business, industry, education and early childhood setting health professionals and communities underpinned by a shared vision to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians through food.

The Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise aims to:

  • improve consumption of fruit and vegetables
  • reduce consumption of energy dense and nutrient poor food and drinks
  • reduce consumption of salt and saturated/trans fats
  • improve breastfeeding rates and maternal and infant nutrition
  • increase the proportion of children and adults in the healthy weight range
  • promote enjoyment of healthy foods.

VHEE initiatives that will be available or impact school communities and early childhood settings:

  1. The Healthy Food Charter is a tool to make healthy food choices easy and promoting healthy food.
  2. A new Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service will provide healthy eating and nutrition advice to early childhood services, primary and secondary schools, hospitals and workplaces.
  3. A Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program to recognise and support early years services, schools, workplaces and local communities achieve benchmarks in health promotion.
  4. Continued support for existing statewide policies including the School Canteens and Other School Food Services Policy, Healthy Choices: Food and Drink Guidelines for Victorian Public Hospitals and the Victorian Aboriginal Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategy.
  5. A statewide Healthy Eating Social Marketing Strategy to encourage all Victorians to make healthy food choices.
  6. A Healthy Eating and Food Literacy in Secondary Schools initiative to increase the knowledge and skills of children and young people in the production, growing, buying and preparation of fresh, nutritious and affordable healthy food.

For further information, see: 

Health Promotion and Prevention Teams

In Victoria, a comprehensive approach to prevention and health promotion will be delivered in 14 local government areas through the Prevention Community Model (PCM).

The PCM aims to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play. By addressing the underlying causes of chronic preventable disease, local communities will develop local solutions for healthy living. The PCM is using local partnerships and a skilled health promotion workforce to encourage healthy eating and physical activity, and reduce smoking and harmful alcohol use. Communities, schools and workplaces will all be encouraged to take action on health.

The PCM is operating across the following local government areas: