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NAHT comment on government’s childhood obesity strategy

Commenting on the launch today of the government’s plan to curb childhood obesity, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:


“School leaders will welcome the government’s plan to increase investment into sport and physical activity, and especially the further £10million a year into school healthy breakfast clubs.  We know that a healthy breakfast is a vital start to the day for children, giving them the best conditions for learning. Many children currently arrive in school hungry or hyper due to unbalanced nutrition at home.


“While schools are already very focused on healthy eating and have strict guidelines for canteens, we welcome further training and guidance for early years settings in developing new menus for under 5s and encouraging active play.


“Sport and physical activity is already part of the school curriculum and most schools will already be providing 30 minutes of physical activity a day. More funding for schools to set up new schemes for active break times or additional clubs is needed to ensure all primary age children are learning the physical skills and habits required for healthy lifestyles.”

Page Published: 18/08/2016

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