Brit pupils to be paid to eat healthy and exercise

February 16th, 2008 - 1:03 pm ICT by admin  


London, Feb 16 (ANI): The British Government has come up with a new idea to ensure that school kids eat healthy food and take regular exercise - toddlers will be paid money for doing so.

A health adviser to the Government has said that the kids will receive taxpayer-funded financial bonuses into their state savings accounts and added that the payments into Child Trust Funds would leave healthy teenagers with more cash than their less fit peers when the tax-free policies mature on their 18th birthdays.

If parents ensure that their kids are immunised and cycle to classes, top-ups to the so-called baby bonds can be made.

The idea has been put forward by Prof Julian le Grand, the chairman of Health England, which advises ministers.

Grand said that ministers must act in a way that they create more imaginative, positive incentives to healthy living for all ages if health and obesity crisis is to be avoided.

A quarter of children are predicted to be obese by 2050, as well as 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women, costing the economy an extra PS50 billion a year.

He added that it would also be a neat solution if healthy eating at school could be rewarded, perhaps by linking swipe cards used by pupils to buy their food to the bonus scheme.

Exercise among young people could also be monitored, perhaps through pedometers or devices attached to bicycles, which would track distances covered. (ANI)

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