20 April 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee member John O’Brien called at Monday’s meeting of the body for co-ordinated programmes to be established in VEC schools in the county to tackle the problem of childhood obesity.
Remarking on the fact that the retired principal of Beech Hill College, Mr Frank McManus, had mentioned the need to address this issue when receiving a presentation from the Committee earlier in the meeting, Colr O’Brien noted that another former principal with the VEC, Mr Paddy Kerr, had also raised the issue at a similar function some time ago.
He said that the education of both parents and children in this regard was something the VEC needed to address.
Suggesting that the Committee receive a presentation on the issue at a future meeting, the Mid-Monaghan Co Councillor said the VEC should work at getting the proper message out on something that was very close to their hearts as an education authority.
He knew that a lot of good work was already going on in their schools in imparting information about proper portion sizes and the quality of food that young people should eat, but at the end of the day this was not enough.
“Childhood obesity is getting to be a serious issue, and one that will cost the State a lot of money in the future in relation to health problems,” Colr O’Brien told the meeting.
Martha Williamson Hunter, principal of Beech Hill College in Monaghan Town, pointed out that her school had been introducing healthy eating guidelines over the last two-three years, and were working very closely with the Health Promotion Unit of the HSE. They had now adopted these guidelines as policy and planned to have a formal launch of them in the near future.
Pat Treanor agreed that this was an important …

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