Sugar Sweetened Schools: a supply chain to childhood obesity?
Dr Kieron Rooney, registered nutritionist and senior lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney
Co-presented with the Faculty of Health Sciences
26 March 2014
With rates of childhood and adult obesity at all time highs, it’s time to reconsider the delivery of nutrition to children, but where should we start?
Establishing a healthy lifestyle from a young age is essential for our children’s optimal physical and mental development. A school environment can provide a platform for learning the skills for healthy living, yet our schools are possibly doing more harm than good when it comes to combating childhood obesity. During this talk Dr Kieron Rooney explored the current guidelines for the delivery of healthy foods in NSW schools and identified weaknesses in the implementation of those guidelines, and finally proposed some potential steps forward.
Dr Kieron Rooney is a registered nutritionist and senior lecturer in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney. For the past ten years he has been responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum studies on metabolic biochemistry and exercise physiology. His research investigates the roles of diet and physical activity and their impact on metabolism.
Kieron was joined on the night by Ms Jo Gardner, CEO of the Healthy Kids Association.