School-based interventions: media statements

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“Schools have an important part to play but other factors are involved too – families, the media and the food industry all need to be considered.” - Dr. Emma Lancashire, trial coordinator

“We must also recognise that school cannot provide a silver bullet for all societal ills. Teachers and school leaders are already stretched; they should not be held responsible for an issue that requires concerted action across the board. Families, government, industry, and other parts of the public sector all have a role to play in making food and drink healthier, and supporting children to make better choices.” - Amanda Spielman, Head of Ofsted

Failure to implement and support the offer of physical activity could explain the lack of increased physical activity we see in the children.” - Ane Kokkvoll

“I don’t see a reason not to keep going down this road of encouraging more activity during school time, but the research suggests it’s one part of a complicated approach to promoting physical activity in children. If we’re able to achieve more children being more physical active during the school day, it is one piece of what needs to happen.” - Dr. Maureen Dobbins, associated professor at school of nursing at McMaster University

“Therefore, school-based interventions that encourage the selection and consumption of healthier school food components can have important health implications, especially if they are sustainable and economically feasible.” - Juliana Cohen

“If anything what our research highlights is that although schools are vitally important, they can’t do it alone. We need many, many approaches. Each of those will make a marginal difference. We need to look at the whole picture of the causes and tackle each of those areas.” - Miranda Pallan

“I have an instinctive reaction against anything that sounds like the nanny state and government ministers telling parents how to do their jobs. But at the same time… there are things we can do in schools to try to make sure children and young people and parents have got better choices and more information.” - Ed Balls

“We've provided new evidence that community wide school-based obesity prevention efforts may go beyond the target audience of young children and influence the weight status of their parent, who helps decide what they eat and how active they are at home.” - Christina Economos, associated professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“Overall, the evidence is mounting now that (school-based) interventions are more likely to be effective.” “The differences observed could equate to a significant population change if implemented across all schools and settings, and sustained over school generations.” - Dr. Elizabeth Waters, researcher

I believe initiatives and interventions like this should be a priority not only in the school setting, but also could be extended to the home and restaurant setting to combat our obesogenic environment and give our country's youth the best chance at fighting the obesity epidemic and avoiding a lifetime of obesity-related diseases, including heart diseases, diabetes, depression, joint disease and certain types of cancer.” - Dr. Melina Jampolis, physician nutritionist specialist