Kids banned from buying lollies

STUDENTS from an Ipswich school will be banned from buying sugary foods at a convenience store in a plan devised by the school officials and the shop owners.

Collingwood Park State School students won't be able to buy black-listed items at the Collingwood Park convenience store in school hours unless with an adult.

In a deal struck between P&C president Theresa O'Connell (pictured right) and the shop owners, the Collingwood Drive store will be given free advertising in the school's weekly newsletter.

The plan comes on the back of survey results released by Queensland Health earlier this year which showed Ipswich was the fattest place in south-east Queensland.

The statewide survey revealed 62.4 per cent of Ipswich residents admitted to being overweight or obese.

Mrs O'Connell said the plan would help turn students away from unhealthy food and drink items and keep with the school's healthy-eating policy.

"A lot of students get dropped off on Collingwood Drive because of the traffic near the school, so they walk past the shop,"; she said.

"We don't want them spending their tuckshop money on soft drinks and other sugary foods - if they're found with such items at the school it's confiscated until 3pm.

"The shop has been very supportive, so we're helping them with a problem of theirs by advertising in our newsletter not for parents to park in their car park when picking up their kids.";

She said the school - which does not sell junk food - runs a free and healthy breakfast club on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Items on the blacklist include ice blocks, lollies, soft drink and chewing gum. Students are able to buy anything else at the shop.

Shop owner Ngo Van Sang said she was happy to agree with the ban on sugary items in exchange for the school advising parents not to park long-term in her car park at school pick up time.

Ipswich and West Moreton Division of General Practice acting chief executive Helaine Freeman said the ban on sugary foods was a good idea but was not a substitute for teaching healthy eating habits.

"Around 25 per cent of children are overweight or obese, which is more than double the rate just 10 years ago,"; she said. "GPs are seeing more children with weight-related health issues such as respiratory problems, liver problems and mental health issues caused by teasing or bullying.";

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