Thurrock Council back Kennington’s Primary soft drinks ban

THURROCK Council’s Director of Public Health, Ian Wake, has praised Kenningtons Academy for their innovative policy to provide water to children to drink during the school day in place of alternatives such as squash, juice and fizzy drinks.

The statement on the school website reads as follows: Ian said, “I am delighted that Kenningtons clearly recognise the importance of their pupils’ health and wellbeing have taken this step to promote water as the healthiest fluid for children to be drinking during the school day.

Ensuring that children are fully hydrated whilst at school will help them concentrate and learn better. Rates of childhood and adult obesity are significantly greater in Thurrock than England and this obesity crisis is one of the biggest single public health challenges we face as a community. Avoiding soft drinks, often with a high sugar content, and switching to water will help support good oral health and healthy weight as well as helping children to concentrate in the classroom and maximise their full potential.

My Public Health team and I are committed to supporting schools and the community to improve their health and wellbeing and I congratulate Kennington’s Head Teacher Mrs Sawtell-Hayes and her team for embracing this important agenda and hope that parents will support her. Our School Health Service is on hand can for further advice and support. ”

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