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Parents Centre joins judging panel

Parents Centre joins judging panel for Children's Food Awards

"The Children's Food Awards are an excellent opportunity to really think about the food our children are eating," said Parents Centre's new CEO, Viv Gurrey.

"If we are really serious about raising fit and healthy children then we must take a long hard look at what our children are eating. These awards, facilitated by Green MP, Sue Kedgley, provide a vehicle for parents to reflect on their children's diet,"

"Despite priding ourselves on our clean green image, we do not have a very good health record," said Mrs Gurrey " Recent estimates suggest that 35% of adults are overweight and nearly 70% have high cholesterol levels. These statistics represent unhealthy eating habits that begin in childhood"

"The increase in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diet related health conditions is a global trend. However, New Zealand parents are well placed to buck this trend and set standards which will see our children living healthy active lives."

"Parents Centre believes the best way to encourage healthy diets is to start with a healthy regime before and during pregnancy, followed by exclusive breastfeeding for, at leased, several months."

"The current rate of women breastfeeding for the first six weeks is only 65%. The Ministry of Health's target is 90% by 2010 in recognition that breastfeeding offers babies the best start in life," said Mrs Gurrey.

"Healthy eating is only part of the equation leading to healthy lifestyles," said added. "Parents Centre challenges parents to turn the TV off and indulge in active play with their children. Winter is a great time for rugging up and taking a walk along the beach or in the local bush or park."

Other members of the judging panel are Allison Roe (former marathon runner) and Alannah Currie (leader of the GE-Free group, Mothers Against Genetic Engineering). Matire Glover (Maori Women's Welfare League), Louise Simms (youth representative), and Jacky Pearson (Safe Food Campaign).

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