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NZ: Sport’s no substitute for good diet

The government has a new Kiwisport programme.   Leigh Sturgiss of the Obesity Action Coalition argues that although organised sport for children is a good thing, it is not a substitute for a co-ordinated childhood obesity prevention strategy.  She wrote:

In recent months, the National-led Government has slashed spending on obesity-prevention initiatives. Some of that money has been redirected into the Kiwisport programme. While the prime minister’s media release carefully avoids any mention of obesity, instead focusing on the benefits of organised sport, the intention is clear – give them bats and balls and watch the pounds plummet.

Read more: Dominion Post, 14 Aug 2009

Published on August 15, 2009 in New Zealand news