Health Minister: Schools Not Doing Enough To Keep Kids Active And Healthy

24 June 2018, 10:45

The Health Minister criticises schools for not doing enough to keep children active and healthy, as government proposals hope to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

The government has announced proposals aimed at halving childhood obesity by 2030 by banning the sale of energy drinks to children and encouraging a "daily mile".

The proposals are to update the Childhood Obesity Plan launched in 2016, that some say didn't go far enough.

Clear calorie labelling of food and drink products in cafes and restaurants, as well as a ban on sweets and snacks at checkouts and shop entrances are also part of the plan.

But a Health Minister has criticised schools for not doing enough to keep children active.

Steve Brine told Tom Swarbrick: "We have a real ambition in a plan to get every school to do this daily mile."

He said: "We want the NHS to have its 140th birthday, and if we're going to do that, then we have to be serious about prevention."

More to follow.