Giving a healthy lunch can help improve diets

Giving a healthy lunch can help improve diets

Giving a healthy lunch can help improve diets

First published in Letters

From September, every child in the first three years of school will be able to enjoy a free healthy school lunch and we applaud the Government for their support of universal infant free school meals and the School Food Plan. With one in five children leaving primary school overweight and obese ensuring a healthy, nutritionally balanced school lunch has never been so important.

Childhood obesity is one of our greatest public health challenges – overweight and obese children face numerous health risks including diabetes and asthma. Only one per cent of packed lunches meet the nutritional standards which apply to school food and there is evidence that children who eat a healthy school lunch consume more vegetables and fewer fizzy drinks and crisps. Providing a free healthy school lunch is a simple way to improve diets.

What we eat in childhood affects what we eat as adults and providing each child with a free healthy school lunch, as part of the wider School Food Plan, offers the opportunity to transform a generation of diets and halt the rising tide of obesity and ill health.

UK Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Prof Terence Stephenson, Chairman, UK AMRC Faculty of Public Health, President: John Ashton Royal College of General Practitioners, Chairman Maureen Baker British Medical Association, Dr Mark Porter, Chairman Association of Directors of Public Health, President: Janet Atherton Royal Society for Public Health, President: Lord Hunt British Association of Child and Adolescent Public health, Ingrid Wolfe (co-chairman) British Association for Child Community Health, Dr Gabrielle Laing (Chairman) Whitehall, London

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3:58pm Fri 29 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Not true, the Tory Toffs have not given enough money to cover this, so therefore there will be cuts in other parts of education to cover the shortfall.
Not true, the Tory Toffs have not given enough money to cover this, so therefore there will be cuts in other parts of education to cover the shortfall. HomerSimpsonDoh
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4:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Although there is now the risk that some parents will take the view that the hot lunch supplied at school is enough, and only provide a light snack in the evening.

Whilst other parents will sit down with their children for a further meal in the evening - leading either to obesity, or simply some, particularly sporty, children will grow stronger and taller than their peers.
Although there is now the risk that some parents will take the view that the hot lunch supplied at school is enough, and only provide a light snack in the evening. Whilst other parents will sit down with their children for a further meal in the evening - leading either to obesity, or simply some, particularly sporty, children will grow stronger and taller than their peers. Andrew:Oxford
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5:31pm Fri 29 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

Let's not forget the breakfast clubs also so that will be two meals a day at school. Perhaps they could give them dinner also then parents would not have to feed them at all?
Let's not forget the breakfast clubs also so that will be two meals a day at school. Perhaps they could give them dinner also then parents would not have to feed them at all? mytaxes
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