Wednesday 23 January 2019

No Fry Zone's Philip speaks at conference

Philip Moyles and Cllr Derek Mitchell at the ASOI conference
Philip Moyles and Cllr Derek Mitchell at the ASOI conference

Mary Fogarty

Efforts to prevent fast-food outlets opening close to schools in Wicklow were honoured at an Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland (ASOI) conference recently.

Greystones man Philip Moyles, who along with the No Fry Zone committee spearheaded the campaign, was one of the speakers at a conference, where Wicklow County Council also received an award.

Cllr Derek Mitchell, on behalf of Wicklow County Council, accepted an award recognising the council's commitment to children's health, through the translation of research evidence into practice on the ground with its support of the No Fry Zone Initiative.

Mr Moyles's 30-minute presentation was well received and included an interactive discussion.

'I really enjoyed the conference and seeing the various other different initiatives and updates on how we are making steps forward in tackling childhood obesity,' he said.

Delegates at conference at the Royal College of Surgeons heard about the complex environmental factors that influence food consumption and obesity rates, including portion size, proximity of fast food outlets to schools and the digital media environment. The evaluation of the recently introduced sugar sweetened beverage drinks levy was also discussed.

On receiving the award, Councillor Mitchell said: 'I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of Wicklow County Council in recognition of being the first county in Ireland to include an objective in its County Development Plan excluding any new fast food/take-away outlets from being built or from operating within 400m of schools or playgrounds.'

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