The Joint Committee on Education and Skills has released a report on tackling obesity and the promotion of healthy eating in schools. A number of stakeholders and experts in the area were invited to contribute to the report. In addition the committee incorporated views received in a public hearing.
Key recommendations outlined in the report:
- Playground/Physical Education (PE) facilities
- Healthy Eating Initiatives
- Wellbeing of Students
- Impact on Mental Health
- Availability of school lands
- School Liaison Officers
- Inequality amongst students
- Advertising and Technology
- Increasing uniform sizes
- The provision of fresh drinking water to students/vending machines
- Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax (SSDT) Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax (SSDT)
To view the full report and a breakdown of each recommendation click here.
IPH work on childhood obesity:
- On June 6th last, IPH and partners, the Health Service Executive held a two day site visit event as part of CHRODIS+, a European Joint Action. As part of Work Package 5 of CHRODIS+, IPH and HSE are facilitating the transfer of the Irish physical activity initiative, Active School Flag to European partners in Italy and Lithuania. Named in the Joint Committee report as a vital initiative, Active School Flag aims to get more schools, more active, more often with a whole-of-school approach to physical activity.
- In 2016 at the IPH annual all-island conference, members of the IPH policy team presented analysis of sugar sweetened drinks and obesity patterns across the island of Ireland.
- IPH completed a Health Impact Assessment on a proposed Sugar-Sweetened Drinks tax in 2012.
- IPH submitted responses to consultations on the introduction of such a tax in Ireland and in the UK. Click here to read a blog post by IPH, ‘Sugar sweetened drinks, taxation and public health’.
- IPH is a member of the DoH (NI) Regional Obesity Prevention Implementation Group and contributes to the bi-annual meetings and provides input into relevant activities outlined in ROPIG Action Plan.
- In 2017, IPH lead on Work Package 4 of the EU Joint Action on Physical Activity and Nutrition (JANPA) which estimated lifetime cost of childhood obesity. IPH Director of Research and information, Professor Kevin Balanda, presented some findings from Work Package 4 at the final conference in Paris on 24 November 2017. This presentation can be found here.