NSSBA pledges support for Food and Nutrition Policy

DARTMOUTH, NS, June 23 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) is stating its support for the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools. "As educators prepare for the end of the school year, we want to commend the schools for the significant progress they have made with offering healthy food choices to students", says NSSBA President Vic Fleury.

The association is encouraging its member school boards to continue to support the fundraising directives as outlined in Fundraising with Healthy Food and Beverages, a document developed by the Department of Education and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection.

The attached Statement of Support was developed through the NSSBA's education committee and shared with the membership at the association's annual general meeting on May 29.

The NSSBA is the provincial voice for school boards.

    
    (Statement of support follows)

                     A STATEMENT PLEDGING SUPPORT FOR THE
           FOOD AND NUTRITION POLICY FOR NOVA SCOTIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                                 May 10, 2010
    

Recognizing that education and health go hand in hand, and that healthy food choices and practices have been linked with better health and academic success;

Considering that statistics for Nova Scotia children, youth and adults tell a story of poor eating habits, increased rates of overweight and obesity, and high levels of inactivity;

Appreciating that poor health and education outcomes that begin during the pre-school and school-age years often continue to adult life;

Emphasizing that an opportunity continues to exist for the public school system to play a significant role in the present and future health of the populace; and

Acknowledging the tremendous progress that school boards have made with the policy,

The Nova Scotia School Boards Association (NSSBA) states its continued support for the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools.

The NSSBA resolves to:

    
    - Encourage its member boards to review the original intent of the policy
      and the standards for foods and beverages that can be served and sold
      in schools and continue to support its implementation

    - Provide an opportunity, through the association's education committee,
      to show support for fundraising using non-food or healthy food items,
      and to encourage its member boards to continue to support the
      fundraising directive
    

SOURCE NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION

For further information: For further information: Sharon Findlay-MacPhee, communications manager, NSSBA, (902)491-2856(0), (902)221-6881(C); Vic Fleury, president, NSSBA, (902)491-2854(0), (902)765-8665(H)

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