Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Dame Leather Delivers Annual Lecture

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Dame Leather Delivers Annual Lecture

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Dame Suzi Leather, former chair of the School Food Trust, delivered a lecture entitled 'The Road to Change' at this year's RSH Lecture at the Faculty of Public Health's Annual Scientific Meeting in Glasgow.

In her presentation Dame Suzi, who was also chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority but has since taken up a post as chair of the Charity Commission, elaborated on the work of the School Food Trust and the School Meals Review Panel and set forward what she termed a 'critical mission' to promote lifelong good health in generations to come by transforming children's diets, lifestyles and eating habits.

Dame Suzi presented a potted history of school meals and nutritional standards and pointed out how over the years various acts, such as the 1980 Education Act, had removed the obligation for Local Education Authorities to provide healthy and balanced school meals at a fixed price. She also showed how recent years have seen a switch of focus from financial incentives onto safeguarding future generations from obesity and poor childhood nutrition, culminating in the establishment of the School Food Trust last year.

Dame Suzi thanked public health professionals and voluntary organisations such as the Caroline Walker Trust for 'forming the surround sound involved in keeping children healthy', and said that there had been a huge drive to improve nutritional standards long before Jamie Oliver brought the issue to a wider audience. …

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