Healthy Schools Plan Includes A Ban On Trans Fat In Schools, New Menus,
Expanding Intramural Sports And Creating The Ontario Fitness Challenge
TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty took aim at rising
childhood obesity today by announcing a plan to make Ontario schools healthier
and help students get fit and active.
"We know that students who eat well and get regular exercise have more
energy, and learn more easily," said the Premier after making a nutritious
fruit smoothie on Citytv's Breakfast Television this morning. "So it's
critical that our schools be healthy schools, where our kids can get a good
meal and get lots of exercise."
Health and education professionals are alarmed by the tripling in the
rate of childhood and adolescent obesity over the past 25 years. Seventy per
cent of obese children and adolescents go on to become obese adults, putting
them at elevated risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Physical
inactivity costs Ontario's health care system about $1.8 billion every year in
scarce resources that could be invested elsewhere.
Over the past four years Ontario Liberals have taken a number of steps to
establish healthier schools, including banning the sale of junk food and
requiring 20 minutes of daily physical activity.
Over the next four years, Ontario Liberals will build on this progress
- Banning trans fat in our schools
- Ensuring all school menus conform to the Canada Food Guide
- Revitalizing physical activity in high schools by expanding intramural
- Introducing the Ontario Fitness Challenge to improve the fitness and
co-ordination of children in grades 1-6
"In a world where skills and education are so important, there is no
better time for Ontario to make sure its schools are healthy places to learn,"
said Premier McGuinty. "With the right amount of healthy food and the right
amount of exercise, our kids will be even better equipped for success."
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