FROM THE NEWS DESK
A big drive is going on the Matamata-Piako District Council to think about the health of its communities, and the environment of the district. The council considered a policy which could limit the use of sugary drinks at public events and public places. A handful of councils are keen to see food like fizzy drinks removed from council-run events and council businesses. The link between sugar and health problems is now coming to the fore, just as the health impacts of smoking did in the 1990s. The council says it does not want to take away the ability for people to make their own choice when it came to the type of food consumed at public events. But one could argue the council has a social responsibility to act in the best interest of its people, by setting a healthy example, and limiting sugary foods (backed by district health board research) which could be one way to achieve this goal. This week we also look at reducing waste to landfill, in particular plastic bags and Rexine Hawes also has that featurelength story on page 4.
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