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Decree sets healthy diet in public and private schools in Minas – Jornal de Notícias The newspaper in Uberaba

As of June 7, all public (municipal and state) and private schools in Minas Gerais must follow a series of measures to promote adequate, healthy and sustainable food, including encouraging food consumption such as fruits, vegetables and greens.
The state regulation also provides for a ban on the delivery and sale of products and preparations with high calories, saturated fat, trans fat, free sugar and salt or with few nutrients. It is also prohibited to expose promotional materials intended to convince children and adolescents to consume high calorie products, including those using characters, child representatives, cartoon animations, or other animations.
Prohibition of delivery of high calorie foods extends to street vendors located at entrances and exits from educational institutions, commercial facilities located in schools, suppliers of school food and delivery services.
As explained in the technical reference of the Food and Nutrition Coordinator of the State Department of Health (SES), Nathália Ribeiro, measures are being disseminated to allow schools to adapt. "We have had a very positive recurrence from schools, who will ask questions and understand that this is a public health problem. Our goal is to ensure that children and young people are protected during the time they are in school from consumption and advertising of foods that are related to high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. "
To publish the decree, the SES held meetings with teacher associations of private schools, regional councils for nutrients and professionals from municipal schools. The aim was also to encourage schools and training staff to include in the curriculum of the students the promotion of healthy eating.
"We encourage actions aimed at a healthy diet, integrated with the disciplines offered in schools. Among them is the development of vegetable gardens, work on reading food labels, recipes with food included in our culture and food tradition," explains Nathália Ribeiro.
An unbalanced diet is related to diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes, which has also affected children and adolescents. Therefore, it is necessary to consider that the change in the food pattern, especially among children and adolescents, which is characterized by increased consumption of ultrasounds and the reduction of fresh and processed foods ̵
1; such as fruit, rice and beans – is related to the increase in obesity and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer in this age group.

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