Friday 09 December 2016, 10:55AM
The Heart Foundation has put its weight behind the New Zealand
Dental Association's (NZDA) release of a consensus statement on
Heart Foundation food and nutrition manager, Dave Monro, said
the Heart Foundation would be putting its full support behind the
range of actions outlined by the NZDA which include: the
introduction of a sugary drinks tax, removing sugary drinks from
certain environments and generally raising awareness of the
negative health effect of drinking them.
"We look forward to working with the NZDA and the other health
organisations that are party to the action points outlined in the
statement," Dave said.
"In particular, we are excited about working to encourage the
removal of sugary drinks in schools. This is an area that the Heart
Foundation is passionate about, given our longstanding work on
creating healthy food environments in schools and early learning
For over 27 years, the Heart Foundation has been actively
working with schools through programmes like its Heart Start:
Toitoi Manawa to develop environments that support healthy eating
and physical activity.
"Our programmes recommend that children cut back on foods or
drinks that are high in 'added' sugar such as soft drinks and
cordials. Added sugar offers little nutritional value and evidence
shows high intakes increase body weight and have an impact on blood
pressure and type 2 diabetes which are risk factors for heart
"We are also working with schools encouraging them to adopt the
Government's recommended policy of becoming water and plain
reduced-fat milk only schools."