Activity in the health, education and environment sectors
Public Health England has published an updated version of the ‘Eatwell Plate’ – now renamed the ‘Eatwell Guide’ – outlining government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet. The updated version outlines that people should consume 6-8 portions of water, lower fat milk, and sugar-free drinks (including tea and coffee) each day. However, the recommended proportion of milk and dairy foods within a daily diet has fallen from 15% to 8% , with increases in the proportion of recommended fruit and vegetables, as well as bread, rice and starchy foods. The Dairy APPG, Dairy UK and the Dairy Council have all criticised the decision, with the Telegraph running a lead story outlining that nutritionists believe the changes to be “baffling” and “puts public health at risk”. The Alliance will engage with the national and trade media to pitch comment pieces by Dr Hilary which emphasise why the changes are negative, arguing that the Government should encourage increased, rather than decrease, dairy consumption.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dairy (Dairy APPG) published its report on its autumn/winter 2015 inquiry into the role of dairy in public health, which looked at the role of dairy for different age groups, the impact of EU nutrition regulation on dairy, and dairy as a sustainable food product. The report identified that younger people do not always see dairy as an essential part of their diet. It outlined ten recommendations, including the implementation of a government-led 3-a-day dairy programme.

The Department for Education has published a white paper outlining its vision for education over the next five years. Included in the vision are proposals to scrap parent governors, which it argues will ensure that school governing bodies will only recruit those with expertise. School governors are currently responsible for ensuring that schools comply with the School Food Standards.

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