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HWB: School meals grant to tackle obesity

HWB: School meals grant to tackle obesity

21 July 2014

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Children in Hull could be offered cut-price school meals in a bid to curb obesity. 
Primary schools in the area could cut the price of lunches to 50p through a £577,000 grant from Hull health and wellbeing board (HWB). 
Figures shows that more than 36% of children aged 10 and 11, and 23% of four and five year olds are overweight or obese in the city. 
Colin Inglis, Hull HWB chair said that prices have been kept at the lowest levels in the country, but the group hopes to do more. 

Children in Hull could be offered cut-price school meals in a bid to curb obesity. 
Primary schools in the area could cut the price of lunches to 50p through a £577,000 grant from Hull health and wellbeing board (HWB). 
Figures shows that more than 36% of children aged 10 and 11, and 23% of four and five year olds are overweight or obese in the city. 
Colin Inglis, Hull HWB chair said that prices have been kept at the lowest levels in the country, but the group hopes to do more. 
Poverty, poor child nutrition and resulting obesity are significant public health issues and I hope we will be able to further reduce the £1 price of a primary school meal and encourage further take-up of a healthy school meal option for most children,” he told local newspaper the Hull Daily Mail. 
He added: “Low school meal prices are one of the few and best ways that a council can help families deal with poverty and ensure that children are well nourished. 
The HWB will be debating on the measure this week. If the proposal is approved, head teachers will be asked for their views ahead of the introduction of the scheme. 

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