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Dr Hilary backs Barking and Dagenham’s milk boost

PUBLISHED: 13:30 26 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 26 February 2015

Dr Hilary Jones speaks to Manor Longbridge pupils about the importance of milk and a balanced diet.

Dr Hilary Jones speaks to Manor Longbridge pupils about the importance of milk and a balanced diet.

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ITV’s celebrity medicine man Dr Hilary Jones GP visited Manor Longbridge School yesterday.

Good Morning Britain’s health editor was promoting school milk as part of a balanced diet.

The visit was organised by Cool Milk – the UKs largest school milk supplier – as a prize for signing up to its services.

Dr Hilary spoke in two assemblies to pupils about the importance of drinking milk.

“Drinking milk provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for children to build a strong, healthy body,” he said. “Not only this, if milk is drunk at mid-morning break, it provides the fuel to aid concentration and support learning right through to lunch.”

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education and schools said the council works with Cool Milk to encourage healthy eating.

“Through the good work in our schools and catering services, we are making sure children in Barking and Dagenham get the nutrition they need to stay healthy and well-educated,” she said.

The council’s school meal provider was awarded Food for Life’s Silver Accreditation this year for the second time in a row.

And catering services manager Maureen Lowes is determined to get the gold next time.

“Our last assessment said we were literally a step away from gold so that’s what we’re going for next time,” she said. “The healthy and balanced diet has given pupils a huge advantage in the classroom.”


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