Crevits wants schools to stop serving soft drinks
Flanders’ education minister is working on incentives to encourage secondary schools to remove vending machines containing sodas and other sugar-rich drinks from their premises
Banned at primary level
Apart from the soft drinks issue, the discussion revolved around healthy food, exercise and first aid courses. Crevits later told public broadcaster VRT that increasingly more parents are also speaking out against sugar-rich drinks in schools.
“I want to encourage schools to offer only healthy drinks in their vending machines,” she said. “One of the possible measures to achieve this goal is the introduction of a health label for schools."
Soft drinks have been banned in Flemish primary schools for several years, but most secondary schools still provide them in their vending machines.
Photo: Education minister Hilde Crevits during the #BEL10 debates organised by Radio 1
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