Survey says one in five children in NSW is overweight or obese

Not enough vegies on kids’ plates

At risk: Oxley MP Melinda Pavey says diets low in vegetables are a risk factor for disease later in life. Children should eat about five serves of vegetables daily.

At risk: Oxley MP Melinda Pavey says diets low in vegetables are a risk factor for disease later in life. Children should eat about five serves of vegetables daily.

A report launched by NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant shows only one in 20 children eat enough vegetables daily.

The report - What NSW children eat and drink - shows one in five children in NSW is overweight or obese.

The report surveyed the eating and drinking habits of children aged five to 15 and found: a) half of all kids in NSW eat an unhealthy snack every day; b) nearly half of all kids eat takeaway at least once a week; c) snacks such as cakes, biscuits and chips make up about 40 per cent of kids’ total daily energy intake; d) three in five children eat the recommended amount of fruit.

We know diets low in vegetables are a risk factor for disease later in life. Children should eat about five serves of vegetables daily.

The report is available at: health.nsw.gov.au/hsnsw/Pages/chief-health-officers-report-2017.aspx

Dodgy charities

The NSW government will have greater powers when investigating dodgy charities under a Bill introduced to NSW Parliament.

NSW consumers generously donate and bequeath about $5 billion every year to registered charities.

We have every right to know our money is being used benevolently, and not being mismanaged or used fraudulently.

The Bill proposes amendments to the Charitable Fundraising Act (1991) to allow the government to launch a public inquiry into suspicious fundraising activities and the people associated with them. 

Public inquiries will be conducted by a retired or current judge of a state Supreme, Federal or High court.

Pacific Highway upgrade at a glance

A new interactive map shows travellers where road works are between Hexham and the Queensland border. 

It can be used on all devices and also shows where four lane divided road, rest stops, and service stations are located. 

See rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/pacific-highway/index.html.