Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara backs healthier eating in schools

vegiesBarbara is backing changes which will mean healthier food in school for children.

Education Secretary, Ruth Kelly MP, has just announced changes in school meals and snacks and drinks available in schools. Burgers and bangers made from re-processed meat will be banned from schools, also vending machines selling crisps, chocolate and sugary fizzy drinks.

Barbara welcomed these changes as an important first step to healthier eating for children and young people. Barbara is sponsoring a Private Members Bill on Children’s Food which will take the campaign for healthy eating even further.

Barbara said:

“Our children and young people need better quality and healthier food and drinks during the school day. The Government have made the first important changes by planning for healthier school lunches and banning vending machines selling fizzy drinks and crisps in school.

“I would also like to ensure healthy food at breakfast clubs and after school clubs. Through the Children’s Food Bill we want to go further and to regulate the selling of unhealthy products to kids through popular cartoon characters.

“Parents are pestered to buy products featuring these characters, even though the food and snacks themselves may not be good for their children. This is a serious issue in view of the increase in overweight and obese children and a rise in diseases like diabetes among children and young people.

“The future health of our children is at stake here and I’m pleased that our campaign for Healthier Children’s Food has got off to such a great start, with the Government backing some of our aims.”

The Children’s Food Bill is a Private Members Bill and Barbara Keeley MP is one of the bill’s sponsors. The Bill is due to receive its second reading in Parliament on Friday October 28th 2005.

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