11/08/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 11/08/19

Opinion:  One small step is not enough! – Nursery World
6 August 2019, Steve McCabe MP, chair, APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood; Helen Clark MP; and Dr Vicky Randall, Winchester University.  The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s long-awaited School Sport and Activity Action Plan:
https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/opinion/1168409/one-small-step-is-not-enough

News: Government takes advice from MPs on primary PE (All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood) – Nursery World
6 August 2019, Katy Morton. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has had its research credited by the House of Commons:
https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1168407/government-takes-advice-from-mps-on-primary-pe

Article: ‘Bolder actions’ required to tackle obesity: Are food taxes and subsidies the answer? – Food Navigator
2 August 2019, Flora Southey.  Latest data from the United Nations reveal obesity and overweight rates are ‘increasing in all regions’. Could ‘healthy food’ subsidies and taxes on products high in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, curb the trend?:

‘Bolder actions’ required to tackle obesity: Are food taxes and subsidies the answer?

Article: Playgrounds are forced to close as children spend more time indoors glued to their TVs, phones and games consoles, new survey finds – Daily Mail Online
3 August 2019, Michael Powell.  Playground closures mean that children are spending more time indoors glued to television, mobile phone and computer screens, a new survey has found:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7318319/Playgrounds-forced-close-children-glued-TVs-survey-finds.html

Article:  Supermarket tactics contributing to obesity, report finds – Food & Drink International
29 July 2019, Dominic Cuthbert. The marketing tactics deployed by supermarkets to drive sales of unhealthy food and beverage products have been revealed in a new report:

Supermarket tactics contributing to obesity, report finds

News:  Action on rise in youth violence completely inadequate, say MPs – Guardian Online
31 July 2019, Jamie Grierson.  A report from the home affairs select committee said there was a “serious mismatch” between the government’s diagnosis of the problem and its solutions, and its serious violence strategy lacked leadership and focus:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/31/action-on-rise-in-youth-violence-completely-inadequate-say-mps

News:  Why are school lunches so unhealthy? – Metro Newspapers UK
30 July 2019, Kelly Rose.  THERE are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity — and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years — and then increases again in secondary school:

Why are school lunches still so unhealthy?
News: We should be in every school in the UK, PC says – BBC News Online
31 July 2019, Mary O’Connor. MPs have called for dedicated police officers to be placed in all schools in areas with a higher risk of violence by April next year in a bid to tackle youth crime:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49185955

 
People: Kemi Badenoch MP – Gov.uk
31 July 2019.  New Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families in the Dept. for Education Kemi Badenoch MP (replacing Nadhim Zahawi MP):

https://www.gov.uk/government/people/kemi-badenoch

Press release: Physical activity helps children to deal with life’s challenges – Public Health England
4 July 2019.  Public Health England, Disney UK and Sport England launch new Change4Life campaign to inspire children to get more active:
Physical activity helps children to deal with life’s challenges

News: Council’s plan to ban fast food joints from opening near schools thrown out by government – ITV Online
5 July 2019.  A council plan to ban fast food joints from opening near schools in Nottingham has been thrown out by the government:

Council’s plan to ban fast food joints from opening near schools thrown out by government
News: With our food market dominated by big chains, it is harder for people to make the healthy choice – Politics Home
4 July 2019, Dean Hochlaf writes – You would struggle to find someone completely oblivious to the health risks of a poor diet. When it comes to public health, dietary risks are second only to tobacco as a leading cause of preventable illness:

Dean Hochlaf: We must level the playing field and end the pro-obesity environment
News:  Reversing sugar tax would be a ‘public health disaster’ – Pharma Times
8 July 2019, Anna Smith.  Boris Johnson recently suggested that he would review so called “sin taxes” on foods high in salt, fat and sugar:

Reversing sugar tax would be a ‘public health disaster’
News:  UK is ‘sleepwalking into crisis of childhood’, charity warns – Guardian Online
9 July 2019, Patrick Butler.  Action for Children has found young people struggle to fit in and worry about issues such as Brexit:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/09/uk-is-sleepwalking-into-crisis-of-childhood-charity-warns

Open consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s – Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care
22 July 2019.  Views sought on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England:

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s

 
Open consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s – consultation document – Cabinet Office and Department of Health and Social Care
22 July 2019.  Presented to Parliament by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s-consultation-document

 
Press release:  Teachers feel unsupported on classroom behaviour – Ofsted
22 July 2019.  Ofsted has published research that shows the well-being of most teachers is generally low or moderate:

Teachers feel unsupported on classroom behaviour

 
Private Members Bill:  School Food Bill 2017-19 (Layla Moran) – Parliament UK
22 July 2019.  The School Food Bill, a Private Members Bill introduced by Lib Dem Layla Moran MP, has passed its first Parliamentary hurdle:

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/schoolfood.html

Article:  Will UK sugar tax be extended to milk drinks? – Beverage Daily
23 July 2019, Rachel Arthur.  The UK government is considering extending its sugar tax to milk drinks: with the announcement made just before the confirmation of Boris Johnson – who has pledged a review of ‘nanny state sin taxes’ – as the country’s next Prime Minister:

Will UK sugar tax be extended to milk drinks?

Article:  Obesity campaigners fear new Prime Minister will bury obesity proposals – Food Navigator
23 July 2019, Oliver Morrison. Campaigners in the UK fear the country’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will scupper policies to tackle soaring obesity rates:

Obesity campaigners fear new UK Prime Minister will bury obesity proposals

News:  Hinds calls for pupils to ‘explore the outdoors’ – TES Online
19 July 2019, Catherine Lough.  New programme will encourage pupils to venture outside over the summer break:

Hinds calls for pupils to ‘explore the outdoors’
Article:  Baby foods high in sugar and marketed ‘inappropriately’, studies find – Food and Drink International
18 July 2019, Dominic Cuthbert.  A high proportion of baby foods are being incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under six months with many of those foods containing “inappropriately” high levels of sugar, according to two new studies from WHO/Europe:

Baby foods high in sugar and marketed ‘inappropriately’, studies find
Ofsted – Press release:  Joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health
17 July 2019.  Ofsted have published guidance for inspectors for new series of joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health:

Joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health

 
News: MP questions Government on content of relationship education lessons – Parliament UK
16 July 2019.  Emma Hardy MP asks an urgent question on relationship education:

MP questions Government on content of relationship education lessons    

 
School Sport and Activity: Written statement – HCWS1724.  Made by: Mr Damian Hinds(The Secretary of State for Education) – Parliament UK
15 July 2019.  “A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation”:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-07-15/HCWS1724

 

Policy paper: School Sport and Activity Plan – Department for EducationDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and Department of Health and Social Care

15 July 2019.  A cross-government action plan to provide pupils with greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day:

School sport and activity action plan

 

News:  Mental health scheme linking schools and NHS rolled out – TES Online

12 July 2019, Martin George.  Link Programme to be offered to 22,000 schools and colleges over the next four years:

https://www.tes.com/news/mental-health-scheme-linking-schools-and-nhs-rolled-out

 
News: General debate on the Mental Health Act 1983 – Parliament UK, Backbench Business Committee
19 July 2019.  On Thursday 25th July, MPs will hold a general debate on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983. Neil Coyle MP will begin the proceedings:

General debate on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983      

 

News: ‘Thousands’ of 14-year-olds carrying knives – BBC News Online

23 July 2019, Danny Shaw.  More than 17,500 boys aged 14 carry a knife or weapon in England and Wales, according to an official estimate from the Home Office:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49091214

 
News: Schools ‘desperately need’ cash injection, MPs say – BBC News Online
19 July 2019, Sean Coughlan.  Schools and colleges in England need a “multi-billion cash injection” and a long-term approach to funding, say MPs on the Education Select Committee:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49031445

News:  Government announces ban on sale of energy drinks to under-16s – Talking Retail

23 July 2019, David Shrimpton.  The government has confirmed plans to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s and extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) to include ‘sugary’ milk-based drinks:

Government announces ban on sale of energy drinks to under-16s
News: Significant new health policies buried amid ‘extraordinary row’ between May and Hancock – ITV Online
23 July 2019, Jamie Roberton.  Theresa May’s outgoing government has been criticised after important public health proposals – such as eliminating smoking and tackling poor diet – were quietly slipped out:

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-07-23/significant-new-health-policies-buried-amid-extraordinary-row-between-may-and-hancock/

Guidance:  Health matters: whole systems approach to obesity – Public Health England

25 July 2019.  A professional resource for local authorities and their local systems partners on taking a whole systems approach to addressing obesity:

Health matters: whole systems approach to obesity

 

MPs to investigate children and young people in custody – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Justice

25 July 2019.  The Justice Committee launches a major new inquiry into children and young people in custody:

MPs to investigate children and young people in custody     

 

News: Child poverty cash handed back to Europe unspent – BBC News Online

27 July 2019, Sean Coughlan.  More than £3.5m intended to alleviate child poverty and homelessness is at risk of being wasted because the government has failed to spend it, says a House of Lords committee:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-49131685

 

News: Supermarkets accused of fuelling obesity crisis – ITV Online

26 July 2019.  The layout, pricing strategies and shopping environment of supermarkets is fuelling the obesity epidemic, according to a study:

Supermarkets accused of fuelling obesity crisis

Publication of report: Serious Youth Violence – Parliament UK, Commons Select Committee Home Affairs
26 July 2019.  Home Affairs announces publication of report:

 Publication of report: Serious Youth Violence      

 

News: Poor people need affordable healthy food, chief medical officer warns – ITV Online

28 July 2019.  Poor people need to be able to afford healthy foods to tackle obesity, England’s outgoing chief medical officer has said.  Dame Sally Davies, who steps down from her role in September, said she is “immensely worried” that it is cheaper for people to eat unhealthy foods:

Poor people need affordable healthy food, chief medical officer warns

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