News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

College of GPs supports Breakfast and Lunch in Schools

College of GPs supports Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools Bill

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners supports Hone Harawira’s private member's Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill, which is expected to have its first reading in June.

The Bill proposes introducing a government-funded breakfast and lunch programme in all decile 1-2 schools, which would be required to meet Ministry of Health nutritional guidelines.

College President Tim Malloy says, ‘The College is pleased to support this Bill because we’re committed to achieving health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe we must all focus on eliminating health inequities between population groups by targeting the social and economic determinants of health.

‘Evidence shows that children in families with significant financial hardship are less likely to be able to eat healthy food and have higher rates of obesity and poorer dental health.

‘The College supports looking at ways to improve low-income families’ diets by reducing the barriers they face to eating healthy food, and the breakfast and lunch programme is one of the ways in which we might help to achieve this.’

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION