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School food announcement welcomed

21 September 2006

School food announcement welcomed

The Green Party has welcomed the Government's move to invest $28 million initiatives to support schools to promote healthy eating, MP Sue Kedgley says.

"If we are to stem the rising tide of obesity amongst our children we have to radically improve the food our children eat. This is a great start in transforming school food."

"We hope the days of kids scoffing pies and chips and fizzy drinks for lunch will be a thing of the past, and that they will instead be offered a range of healthy, attractive and nourishing foods that will support their health and well-being. "I am absolutely delighted we will finally have National Food Guidelines that all schools will be required to follow, which will ensure that all children have access to healthy, nutritious food in schools.

"I am hopeful that this will achieve what we, and others, have been campaigning for all these years - to get the junk food out of schools.

"I expect that the behaviour and learning of our kids will also improve, once the new policy is in place. Numerous studies have found that improving the food children eat in schools also improves their ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom," Ms Kedgley says.

"Schools ideal places to encourage healthy choices and healthy eating amongst children.

"We particularly welcome the funding to support professional development and training for teachers to improve the teaching of food and nutrition education.

"It is absolutely vital that our kids are taught about nutrition and food. We teach kids other life skills in schools - it's crucial we teach them about the importance of food and nutrition for their health and well-being, as well as basic skills in cooking and preparing food.

"We are delighted that the Green Party's $12 million dollar Nutrition Fund will be used to help schools implement the guidelines," Ms Kedgley says.

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