The South Metro Junior Football League’s (SMJFL) Healthy Club Canteens project encourages healthy eating among SMJFL clubs by providing education and resources to promote healthy food choices to members. The program is driven by SMJFL Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Loh and SMJFL Sport Dietitian, Sarina Lococo and supported by Major Partner, Monash University through their dietetic internship program.
The project will address capacity and ability to provide healthy food choices in canteens according to the Victorian Government Healthy Choices framework. The program will be rolled out to all clubs across the SMJFL by:
1. Educating community members including the children who participate and spectators about healthy eating and promoting healthy foods through marketing strategies at the point of sale, e.g. Producing printed resources to display in clubs
2. Training canteen volunteers through education sessions and providing resources for :developing a healthy menu, sourcing alternate healthy food choices, preparation of healthy foods, and program evaluation
In 2019, pilot trials of SMJFL Healthy Club Canteen (HCC) were implemented in three junior football club canteens, with outstanding achievements in Ormond JFC. The SMJFL were successful in receiving funding from Bayside City Council, Glen Eira City Council and Kingston City Council.
In 2020, student dietitians from Monash University continued to work on developing resources for the HCC program during their seven-week placement.