NHS Health Scotland
Outcome Indicators


p. Awareness and knowledge of key messages: schools, children and young people(p3)


Nutrition and physical activity education and media literacy are important to promote healthier diets, and to counter food fads and misleading dietary advice from early age. Interventions should be sustained, multi-component and address the whole school and should involve parents and carers

Food preparation and cooking skills and physical education should be included into the core curriculum [3]


Related actions from Route Map action plan – energy consumption (1.13)

Increasing people's understanding related to food and diet across the population, including through the Curriculum for Excellence.  Schools are a crucial setting in which to equip children and young people with the skills to choose, purchase and prepare lower energy and less energy dense meals and snacks.  While schools offer valuable opportunities to increase awareness of healthy weight, it is important that this is done in a sensitive way that does not increase stigma and undermine the mental wellbeing of children and young people.


Related actions from Route Map action plan - early years (3.3, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8)

Continuing to develop and roll out the Getting it right for every child change management programme for services affecting children and young people, founded on well-being indicators including healthy and active that encourage attention to diet and activity (EY)

Investing to support pregnant women and new mothers to develop healthy lifestyle behaviours for example through the key elements of parenting programmes and community capacity building in the Early Years Framework.

Investing to support parents knowledge about how they feed themselves and their babies particularly when babies make the transition onto solid foods.

Investing in a programme of education and support on maternal and infant
nutrition for all those working with parents and families to provide the best
quality information and support to all parents about how they feed themselves and their babies.