Parents welcome moves by ACT government on sugary drinks in schools

The Parents’ Jury welcomes today’s decision by the ACT government on the removal of sugary drinks from the territory’s public schools.

School plays a huge influence in a child’s life. When unhealthy foods and drinks are readily available in school canteens, in vending machines, as classroom rewards and at sporting activities, it directly contradicts any ‘healthy eating’ messages delivered by the school curriculum and families.

The Parents’ Jury Campaigns Manager Alice Pryor congratulates the ACT government for recognising the importance of good nutrition in school settings.

“The availability of healthy foods and drinks at school supports parents in creating a more nutritious lifestyle for their children. We support the ACT government in their quest to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Research conducted in 2012/2013 by The Parents’ Jury, in conjunction with Monash University and VicHealth, showed that only 5 per cent of ACT government schools complied with National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines.

“Our research showed that a well resourced compliance system is key to ensuring that school food guidelines become a reality in our nation’s schools. We urge the ACT government to ensure that this policy is fully implemented.”

The Parents’ Jury is an online network of parents, grandparents and carers, who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. We were formed in 2004 and we now have thousands of members registered nationally. We provide a forum for members to voice their views and collectively advocate for change.

Media contact: Alice Pryor 0416 219 261 / Angela Mallon 0404 570 525

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