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The food and fitness maze: Letter to Western Mail Cardiff

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The Auditor General Wales is correct to urge “public bodies to sharpen up their efforts” if public health targets are to be met (Fitness Tsar, 7 June 2007).

The issues raised by his report equally apply to Food Policy in Wales
which is one of the most recent areas to merge, being joined to physical activity.  Food and fitness are inextricably linked and require close scrutiny by the National Assembly for Wales, local government and civic society.

What is not clear is how linkage will take place, and can real benefits be expected, or will we just end up with the same action points, but merged together with a Food and Fitness title, without the integrated approach required.This should not be dominated by producer interests, but is a real public health measure.

>From a public health perspective, we look forward to responding to the forthcoming internal Welsh Assembly Government ‘Food Quality Strategy’ working group report, and in particular, how they propose addressing cross departmental work at all levels of government, including the identification of who is responsible  and who should take the lead on key issues involving separate government departments. This will be a real measure of joined up government, which I know enjoys cross party support.

David Smith, Welsh Food Alliance 

 

Press Release 2005

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Press Release from the Welsh Food Alliance (1)
30th March 2005 For immediate release

"Today the government announced that an extra £220m is to be spent on improving school meals in England over the next three years, and critically switch to nutrient based standards. If Scotland did this two years ago, and England are to take action by September 2005, when are Welsh pupils to get the same attention?

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Letter to Western Mail Cardiff

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Letters Editor, Western Mail, Cardiff
25th September 2003

Dear Sir
We are pleased, that at last, it is being reported, that inadequate attention
is given to school meals, and the dire public health consequences of
current policy (25th September).

In January 2001, we provided the Welsh Assembly Government with
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Nutritional Standards for School Lunches

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES
S T A T U T O R Y  I N S T R U M E N T S 2001 No. (W.) EDUCATION, WALES
The Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) (Wales) Regulations 2001

These Regulations introduce nutritional standards for school lunches for registered pupils at maintained nursery schools, community, foundation and voluntary primary and secondary schools and community and foundation primary and secondary special schools.
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