English schools well on-track - QESBA welcomes school-government partnership on promoting nutrition, exercise

    MONTREAL, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec English School Board
Association (QESBA) welcomes today's announcement by Premier Jean Charest and
Education Minister Michelle Courchesne of a comprehensive policy to promote
improved eating and exercise habits amongst students across Quebec elementary,
high schools and adult centers in partnership and with support from the
Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports. Quebec's schools will be adding
an increased focus on healthy and nutritional eating habits through
modifications to school cafeteria menus, education programs and outreach to
parents. Government financial support will be forthcoming to help school
boards make the transition. The second essential asset of the policy is a
comprehensive plan to enhance student activity and well-being.
    "QESBA is very proud to support this progressive and important policy,"
noted Vice-President Debbie Horrocks. "Our English public schools have long
understood the key role they play in the healthy development of each child we
serve, and I know that our schools are positioned to be productive partners in
furthering these goals".
    QESBA underlined its satisfaction with a number of elements in the policy
announced today, and namely, the ambitious timetable towards fully removing
fast food from Quebec's schools (a job virtually completed already in the
English schools of Quebec.) Furthermore, QESBA recognizes and appreciates the
commitment from the government to financially support the hiring of additional
personnel to implement the policy and to help cover the costs of necessary
infrastructure changes.
    "The challenges addressed in this policy are for all Quebecers to face,"
said Horrocks. "Sure, there should be no illusions about instantly changing
the eating and exercise habits of our children - of our parents and educators,
for that matter. But, the education sector is a vital player in shaping the
healthy development of Quebec children. We are proud to fully play our leading
role in that effort."

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For further information: Kimberley Hamilton, Communications and Special
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