Our children need a champion like Jamie Oliver to lead the way on healthy food
Schools have been identified as an important setting for the provision and promotion of healthy food to young people.
Guidelines for developing healthy eating policies and practices in second-level schools in Ireland have been available since 2008 but, to date, no mandatory standards have been implemented. Hence practices are locally driven and vary from school to school.
Previous research has shown that approximately three-quarters of Irish second-level schools are located within one kilometre of a fast food restaurant. The impact of this on the dietary choices and nutrient intakes of schoolchildren in Ireland has not previously been examined and was the subject of new research, conducted by myself and colleagues at Dublin City University (DCU) and published in the journal 'Public Health Nutrition' today.