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Embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday, 18 February 2003

HEALTH VISITORS WIN NATIONAL AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S FOOD ADVICE

The health visiting profession has won this year’s Friendly Food Facts award given by the Parents Jury of the Food Commission.

The award is for the best advice given by an individual, organisation or group to parents to help their children eat more healthily.

The director of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, Mark Jones said: ‘I think that it is very good news that health visitors have been recognised as providing excellent advice on healthy eating to children, especially as the vote of confidence has come from that hardest jury of all to please - parents.’

‘This is a tribute to the important public health advice, that is often unsung, that health visitors provide to families and communities every day. We live in a time when it is vitally important that children start their lives by eating a regular, nutritionally balanced diet and health visitors are definitely playing their part in this process.’

‘It is clear that health visitors just don’t plonk down a set of leaflets and leave, but work pro-actively with parents over a period of time to find the optimum way forward for the children involved.’

‘The fact that no one health visitor is singled out is very significant. It is obvious that the efforts of hundreds, if not thousands, of health visitors have been noted by parents across the UK and this has been passed back to give this tremendous result to the whole profession. The profession is proud and honoured to receive this award.’

 

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NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS

The Parents Jury has a membership of over 1,200 parents and this year is looking at the techniques that promote healthy eating or encourage children to eat junk foods. 

The Parents Jury was set up in March 2002 as a chance for parents to voice their concerns about the quality of children’s food and the ways in which products are marketed. All parents with children aged between two and sixteen are welcome to take part. Contact: The Parents Jury, 94 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF, or visit www.parentsjury.org.uk

For more details about The Parents Jury, please contact: Annie Seeley or Kath Dalmeny on 020 7837 2250; email: [email protected].

For further information, please contact:

Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

mobile ( 07768 69 39 40

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The CPHVA represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses and registered nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is an autonomous professional section of the amicus trade union. MSF joined with the AEEU to form amicus, the UK’s second largest union, on 1 January 2002.


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