The Federation for Healthy Food published the first results of the My Healthy School platform, which indicates non-compliance due to the presence of unhealthy food and soft drinks, despite the existence of the General Guidelines for the sale and distribution of food and drinks in schools published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on May 16, 2014, and where established sanctions for non-compliance, there is still a large presence of junk food in school institutions in the country. This was announced by civil society organizations members of the Healthy Food Alliance (ASA) when they published the first results of www.miescuelasaludable.org, a platform for quick and anonymous reporting of the presence of unhealthy food in schools.
Reports came from public and private schools, and from preschool to high school. The obtained results cover two periods: from April 30 to August 5, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year. and from August 6 to March 3, 2016 for the 2015-2016 school year.
Of the 690 reports received, 90% indicate that fast food is sold every day of the week, and 70% indicate that soft drinks are still sold. As for fruits and vegetables, only 40% of the reports state that they are offered continuously, and 87% emphasize the absence of the Committee for the establishment of school spending, which, according to the regulations, refers to a group of people (especially mothers and fathers) who are committed and responsible for the organization and the development of actions related to the sale and distribution of food and beverages. According to data from this school year, which includes 290 applications, 19% of them stated that there are water fountains inside the school.
At the beginning of the current 2015-2016 school year, ASA submitted to the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) a report with the results of the first period, including a list of 366 schools with reports of non-compliance, urging the agency to monitor said schools. In this regard, Alejandro Calvillo commented: “We have started a dialogue with the SEP and the Ministry of Health (SS) to ensure that this regulation is implemented in all schools. Next April 30, Children’s Day, one year after this platform was inaugurated, we will submit a second report to the authorities.”
On the other hand, in the same period, a letter was sent to the principals of the registered schools in which they are invited to join the efforts to comply with the regulations and remove unhealthy food from schools and ensure availability healthy food like vegetables and fruits. In this regard, Juan Martin Pérez García, executive director of the #REDIM network for children’s rights in Mexico, stated: “One of the serious challenges we face as a country is the epidemic of overweight and obesity that leads to disease. chronic degenerative diseases that are increasingly common in childhood and adolescence. Compliance with the regulation will promote a healthy environment within schools, ensuring the right to health and safety. feeding girls, boys and adolescents“.
The relaunch of the platform also included the presentation of a video from the series “Sofía’s studio” made by Cacto Producciones in collaboration with the organization El Poder del Consumidor. Pupils, students, mothers, fathers, family members and teaching staff will continue to be invited to generate their reports for the current school year via social media and with the support of ASA member organisations.
It was also announced that in the second phase, the platform will also work on reporting on the achievements achieved in schools where there is no longer unhealthy food and healthy food is continuously offered, as well as on good practices in schools in the field. educational.
Source: Alliance for Food Health