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

 


College of GPs welcomes food and clothes in schools

College of GPs welcomes Government announcement on food and clothes in schools

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners welcomes the Government’s announcement today to provide extra funding for programmes that will help feed and clothe more children from low-income families at school.

College President Dr Tim Malloy says, ‘The College is pleased to hear this news, especially as recent polls have shown that between 70 and 74 percent of Kiwis support the Government providing food to hungry children at school.

‘The College is committed to achieving health equity for New Zealand children. The Government working with business to provide food in schools is one way to improve low-income families’ diets and reduce the barriers they face to their children eating well and avoiding the health problems associated with poor diet.

‘While we acknowledge that the primary responsibility for making sure children go to school well fed and clothed lies with their parents, we also know that, in some cases, this just isn’t possible for a whole variety of complex reasons.

‘It’s also heartening to see initiatives that address some of low-decile children’s other health needs, such as for warm, dry clothing and lice treatment, being given a boost.’

The Government is providing funding to expand Fonterra’s and Sanitarium’s KickStart Breakfast programme, and a grant to KidsCan to boost a variety of the charity’s initiatives.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Orson Welles' Masterpiece - 'Chimes At Midnight'

Never widely distributed in the US, but Welles' own personal favorite and hugely influential on directors as diverse as Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson, a restored 50th anniversary print has now reached the New Zealand Film Festival. More>>

Off To Leeds: Wellington’s Local Naked Girl Spreads Her Wings

Wellington born, bred and based live artist Virginia Kennard, self confessed “local naked girl”, has earned a place on the MA in Performance programme at Leeds Beckett University and flies away in 2 months time. More>>

Free Diving: William Trubridge Breaks World Record

With just a single breath, New Zealand free diver William Trubridge has successfully broken his own unassisted free dive world record of 101 metres. More>>

ALSO:

RLWC 2017 Draw: New Zealand Set For A Festival Of Rugby League

New Zealand Rugby League fans will have the chance to see the Kiwis in action against the best in the Pacific region for the Rugby League World Cup 2017, as announced today at the Official Tournament Draw. More>>

ALSO:

Non-Pokemon News: Magical Park A Safer Augmented Reality For Younger Audiences

Since May, Wellington City Council has been trialling a new app, Magical Park, in collaboration with the game’s New Zealand developer Geo AR Games, in parks around the city. Magical Park uses GPS technology to get users moving around the park to play within a set boundary. More>>

'Erroneous': Pokemon App Makers On Huge Privacy Flaw

We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news