Healthy eat­ing praised in Qld

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND schools have been recog­nised for anti-sugar strate­gies.

Queens­land’s suc­cess in re­duc­ing the avail­abil­ity of sugar in schools has been praised at the­World Health As­sem­bly in Geneva.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land spokesper­son Katie Clift said the State’s “Smart Choices” strat­egy was recog­nised for re­duc­ing the avail­abil­ity of un­healthy foods in schools.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud to see a Queens­land ini­tia­tive show­cased on a global stage – Smart

“If the foods aren’t avail­able, chil­dren can’t pur­chase them.”

Choices has been suc­cess­ful in im­prov­ing the avail­abil­ity of healthy foods and drinks for our kids,” Ms Clift said.

“Curb­ing Global Sugar Con­sump­tion is about ex­am­in­ing the four things that in­flu­ence sugar con­sump­tion: avail­abil­ity, af­ford­abil­ity, ac­cept­abil­ity and aware­ness.

“If the foods aren’t avail­able, chil­dren can’t pur­chase them.”

Ms Clift said it was a foun­da­tion to grow from.

“The sugar chal­lenge is a global chal­lenge – we can all learn from the poli­cies and pro­ce­dures im­ple­mented by oth­ers to see world­wide change,” she said.

“Glob­ally, rates of over­weight and obe­sity have reached epi­demic pro­por­tions – we need to work to­gether to re­verse this.”

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able at www.can­cer qld.org.au or 13 11 20.

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