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Press release: Children in Northern Ireland welcome junk food ban


Children in Northern Ireland are delighted that buy-one-get-one-free deals on junk food are set to be banned.

Tackling childhood obesity is something that we are passionate about and to ensure our children and young people are given the best health outcomes as figures reveal that more than half of children in some areas are overweight.

This Summer Children in Northern Ireland together with our community partners will be hosting Portadown Gets Active and Carrickfergus Gets Active. The ‘Gets Active’ programme was created in response to evidence that many families face severe difficulties during holiday periods when free school meal entitlement ends. Our project not only provides a healthy snack and lunch, but also gives children the opportunity to take part in a range of physical activities during the programme to help improve their level of fitness as well as a learning element to address the issue of educational underachievement.

Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland, Pauline Leeson, CBE, said: “Many children eat more junk food during school holidays, our programme will help fill that gap and will also ensure children have the opportunity to stay active during the long summer holidays.”



CiNI represents the interests of its 160-member organisations providing policy, information, training, and participation support services to members in their direct work with and for children and young people. CiNI membership also includes colleagues in the children’s statutory sector recognising that the best outcomes for children and young people are increasingly achieved working in partnership with all those who are committed to improving the lives of children and young people in NI.

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