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French seek healthy eating advice
Dinner ladies
Efforts to increase healthy eating will be examined
A group of French education officials is visiting Edinburgh on Friday to find out more about healthy eating in Scottish schools.

Despite France's reputation for fine cuisine, the delegation is keen to learn how Scotland is tackling the problem of childhood obesity.

Proposals to ban junk food in schools were put forward by the Scottish Executive on Wednesday.

It is part of a concerted campaign to encourage children to eat well.

EXECUTIVE PROPOSALS ON SCHOOL MEALS
Introducing powers for councils to provide nutritious snacks
Ensuring that all food and drinks provided by schools meet nutritional standards
Offering parents advice on healthy packed lunches
Placing a duty on councils to promote uptake of free school meals for poorest families

The latest figures show that up to 31% of children aged 11 and 12 in Scotland are overweight or obese.

In France, the figure for young people suffering from a weight problem is just 10%, but the issue is raising alarm.

Vending machines have already been banned from French schools, but officials want to learn from Scotland what more can be done.

The delegation is to visit a secondary school in Midlothian, where they will be treated to a lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties.


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14 Mar 06 |  Education
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29 Dec 05 |  Scotland
Obesity rates rise among children
12 Dec 05 |  Scotland


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