Professor Champions School Drop-Off Points
Parents should be banned from driving their children all the way to school as making them walk would tackle obesity, a health expert has claimed. Professor John Ashton – who was recently elected President of The UK's Faculty of Public Health – therefore told The Times that: “one of the things we should be doing is strictly prohibiting cars stopping outside school to drop kids off” - and that there could be “drop-off points” a few hundred yards away. This, however, would require expensive infrastructure changes. The Professor also said that encouraging kids to walk a quarter of a mile per-day from these drop-off points would “make a difference”. He also said that we are “used to this idea that our children are not going to be as well off as we have been but I don't think anybody has really expressed yet that they may not be as healthy either.” A lack of exercise and junk-food might ensure that. The Professor therefore said that these factors could cause a crisis that writes-off “a generation”. But whatever the benefits of walking there would be opposition from parents. The Telegraph therefore reported that the Chief Executive of Mumsnet, Justine Roberts, said: "I suspect there will be a mixed reaction to this because some people will find it quite hard to manage in practical terms." The proposal might also be resisted by those that loath the idea of a nanny state.
UK's Faculty of Public Health
The UK's Faculty of Public Health was established as a registered charity in the early seventies, and is a joint venture that incorporates three Royal Collages (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow). Its purpose – according to the mission statement – is to promote: “the advancement of knowledge in the field of public health and to develop public health with a view to maintaining the highest possible standards of professional competence and practice”. Among other things, the faculty therefore lobbies on health issues at a national and European level. It also plays a statutory role in the appointment of consultants, quality ensures the Higher Specialist Training Programme (and sets the exams), and produces a range of resources to tackle health issues such as obesity. Members come from a variety of backgrounds such as clinical, academic, policy and typically work in strategic and specialist roles. Partners include: The UK Departments of Health, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and the European Public Health Alliance.
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