Schools back fizzy drink ban

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Porirua res­i­dents strongly sup­port schools ditch­ing sug­ary drinks.

A joint health and ed­u­ca­tion min­istry di­rec­tive went out to New Zealand schools in March, high­light­ing the rise of child­hood health prob­lems linked to sugar.

The move was part of a na­tional push to com­bat obe­sity and oral health prob­lems in New Zealand.

Ti­tahi Bay School and Corinna School were two schools Kapi-Mana News con­tacted last month that sup­ported the sug­gested drinks pol­icy.

Com­ments since on so­cial me­dia in­di­cate they are far from alone.

Jac­qui Hag­g­land said on Face­book there was noth­ing in fizzy drinks that did any good for chil­dren.

‘‘They used to be treat foods and that’s fine. But when ‘ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion’ means ev­ery day, it be­comes a prob­lem. Get them out of schools,’’ she said.

Luke-Allen

Emanuera

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