£2million to fight Liverpool's childhood obesity

Why is it always a war chest ? Why are we so obsessed with using war metaphors ? In fact why are we so obsessed with war ? That’s one for another day, for now to continue my though…

All right I can understand them using this phrase to put over the point that action is being taken, but they could have easily said: “£2 million budgeted to tackle childhood obesity.”

Enough of my critique on local journalism practices. To the article:

Via the Daily Post:

£2million war chest to fight Liverpool’s childhood obesity

A FAT busting £2m is to be pumped into the city’s schools in a bid to cut obesity and ensure every child in Liverpool gets a healthy dinner.

Managers at Liverpool council and the city’s primary care trust said they hoped their joint cash injection would not only transform dinner menus but slim down childhood obesity levels by 10% by 2009.

With the extensive input of teachers, the masterplan has been a year in the making and comes in the face of figures which show 20.7% of boys and 14.8% of girls are obese by the time they are 11.

And we can reveal the schools overhaul will see:

Every city high school receive £10,000 to transform menus and dining rooms with money used for everything from new dishwashers and cookers to art displays and furniture.

Specialist food advisors visit schools to monitor and ensure school menus are nutritionally sound.

They will also arrange taste tests to encourage youngsters to try new things.

Salad bars to be introduced in all primary schools and typical meals at all schools ranging from tuna pasta salad and vegetable lasagne to peach melba flapjacks.

Extra water coolers and fruit vending machines in every high school.

Stuart Smith, the council’s executive director for children’s services, told the ECHO: “The type of food eaten during the day directly affects concentration levels.

“This new initiative makes sure all schools will have the positive advice, support and resources to help children become healthier and more motivated in school.”

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