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Children's health should benefit from law change

Dr Paul Hutchison National Associate Health Spokesperson

Thursday 30 November 2000

Children's health should benefit from law change

"Children and pre-schoolers will benefit from changes to the Government's health reforms secured by National," National Associate Health spokesperson Paul Hutchison said today.

"The new District Health Boards will be legally required to collaborate with their local schools and pre-schools over health promotion and disease prevention.

"We've got big challenges ahead keeping and staying healthy. New Zealand is due to have epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

"The amendment to the health restructuring legislation just agreed to by Parliament requiring District Health Boards to foster health promotion and disease prevention programmes in schools should help limit the extent of these epidemics.

"Getting children and pre-schoolers used to eating healthy food and doing exercise right from the start will pay big dividends when they get older.

"I am pleased Parliament has agreed to make it a legal requirement for DHBs to work with schools and pre-school to achieve this," Dr Hutchison said.

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