The Irish Heart Foundation wants the country’s government to establish a fund to help schools buy catering equipment and water coolers.
This follows the results of its recent survey, which found 51% of secondary schools continue to offer students unhealthy snacks. The survey of 39 post-primary schools examined the type and range of meals provided and found only 60% offered students free drinking water.
The foundation has called on the Department of Education to produce a healthy eating policy immediately to ensure junk food is not sold in secondary schools and that all schools provide free drinking water.
The charity is hoping to establish a Healthy Catering Award scheme for schools at the end of the year.