Food and Health background and policy information

Two children with healthy snacks

2014 Supporting Healthy Choices

The Supporting Healthy Choices (SHC) framework sets out the Scottish Government and the Food Standards Agency in Scotland ambition to work collaboratively with partners to improve Scotland’s diet and tackle health inequalities.

2014 Becoming a Good Food Nation

Becoming a Good Food Nation is a discussion document which sets out:

  • A proposed 2025 vision for what we, as a country, should be aiming to achieve.
  • Plans for a Food Commission and local champions to drive change.
  • Proposed priority areas such as food in the public sector, children's food and local food.
  • A commitment to a variety of approaches.

2014 Beyond the School Gate

Beyond the School Gate, provides guidance for local authorities, schools, retailers, caterers and other partners on what they can do to influence the food environment around schools and support children and young people to make healthier choices.

2014 Better Eating, Better Learning

Better Eating, Better Learning provides guidance to support schools, local authorities, caterers, procurement departments, parents, children and young people to work in partnership to make further improvements in school food and food education.

2010 Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A routemap towards healthy weight

Preventing Overweight and Obesity in Scotland: A routemap towards healthy weight provides guidance in tackling overweight and obesity in Scotland. 

2009 National Food and Drink Policy, Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success - Scotland´s National Food and Drink Policy highlights actions required for a healthy sustainable food supply in Scotland. Discover more about the Scottish Government´s food and drink policy (external website).

2008 Healthy Eating Active Living

HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) is a 3-year action plan (2008-2011) to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity in Scotland. Download the 2008-2011 Healthy Eating, Healthy Living action plan from the Scottish Government(external website).

The Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007

2006 Review of Scottish Diet Action Plan

In 2004 Eating for Health: Meeting the Challenge (external link), a strategic framework for action was published as a basis for developing further food and health policy and to guide national and local food and health action plans.

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Updated 08 Aug 2014

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