East Lancs headteacher backing healthy drinks move

Children are being encouraged to drink water

Children are being encouraged to drink water

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A HEADTEACHER has backed calls for children to be given healthier drinks.

It comes after a national expert made headlines saying water should replace sugary drinks on meal tables.

Professor Tom Sanders, from King's College London, called for sugary drinks to be taken out of children's diets.

Speaking to journalists at a briefing about the health effects of sugar, he said: "Kids should be getting their fluid from drinking water.

"We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food."

Headteacher Paul Trickett at Rhyddings High School in Oswaldtwistle said they had already banned energy drinks and flavoured water or squash.

He said they were very concerned about the use of the sweetener Aspartame in these drinks.

He said: “We banned energy drinks, because to growing children the contents are absolutely poisonous to their development. We have also written to parents to ask them to check labels for use of the sweetener Aspartame as that also has a very negative effect on behaviour.

“Current research shows us that the negative effects of ‘energy drinks’, due primarily to the high concentration of caffeine and other stimulants, are many and varied.

“Drinks sweetened with Aspartame contain a chemical, Phenylalanine, which is a Neurotoxin which plays a huge part in creating behavioural changes in students. It is banned in some parts of the world.

“We are not as strict on the use of natural sugars, but certainly we have been advising parents to focus more on water and drinks like milk.”

Prof Sander’s calls for more water was backed by fellow nutritionist Professor Susan Jebb, from Oxford University, who said: "I'd prefer to get sugar out of drinks altogether; a shift to low or no calorie drinks, and preferably water."

New menu standards which will apply in schools from September also place emphasis on making water the drink of choice.

The new menus also limit fruit juice portions to quarter pints or 150ml and another restriction is on the amount of added sugars or honey in other drinks.

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6:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

woolywords says...

Erm, we need to re-introduce school milk, I think, as it provides both water, calcium and certain fats that are good for kids..
Not that my opinion counts for anything, as both local and national Gov'ts seek to justify why it's no good for them.
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Consider this..
when I was a little boy, the Gov't decided that local milk should be tipped down the drain, as that fire at Windscale might have contaminated it...
No restrictions upon cattle movements..
Then, after Chernobyl, imposed cattle restrictions, lots of tests...no tipping away of milk though..
...
Am supposed to believe that, any cancers that I might have, in the future, are as a result of Chernobyl and never that obscene and devious thing at Calder Hall-Windscale-Sella
feild, even though the prevailing winds in the UK, over where I lived, are from there?
Where do I get tested, to see I'm some collie-dog flower, or complete cabbage?
...
You idiots, in your race to gain nuclear weapons to maintain a peace, you've killed more of you own peoples than any weapon of theirs...awesome paradox to contend with, isn't it?
...
paradox or dichtomy, am never quite sure..
Erm, we need to re-introduce school milk, I think, as it provides both water, calcium and certain fats that are good for kids.. Not that my opinion counts for anything, as both local and national Gov'ts seek to justify why it's no good for them. ... Consider this.. when I was a little boy, the Gov't decided that local milk should be tipped down the drain, as that fire at Windscale might have contaminated it... No restrictions upon cattle movements.. Then, after Chernobyl, imposed cattle restrictions, lots of tests...no tipping away of milk though.. ... Am supposed to believe that, any cancers that I might have, in the future, are as a result of Chernobyl and never that obscene and devious thing at Calder Hall-Windscale-Sella feild, even though the prevailing winds in the UK, over where I lived, are from there? Where do I get tested, to see I'm some collie-dog flower, or complete cabbage? ... You idiots, in your race to gain nuclear weapons to maintain a peace, you've killed more of you own peoples than any weapon of theirs...awesome paradox to contend with, isn't it? ... paradox or dichtomy, am never quite sure.. woolywords
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7:33am Mon 30 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Ban this, restrict that. You're a school. Your job title gives a little away - Head Teacher.

Why not stick to teaching? Surely that's your only remit. It's not your place to decide what children are allowed to eat and drink. That's the parents responsibility only and no-one elses.

Teach. But give it up with the God complex already
Ban this, restrict that. You're a school. Your job title gives a little away - Head Teacher. Why not stick to teaching? Surely that's your only remit. It's not your place to decide what children are allowed to eat and drink. That's the parents responsibility only and no-one elses. Teach. But give it up with the God complex already BuckoTheMoose
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