Parents told crisps don't count to five-a-day, get up, stand up, stand up for your health, and MPs call for another inspection body
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines
Britain’s lunchboxes need an overhaul after a study found one in twenty parents thought crisps counted towards a daily intake of fruit and veg, and almost a quarter (23%) thought baked potatoes counted.
The Telegraph reports that organisation Fruit Heroes surveyed 1,000 British parents and many also failed to correctly identify genuinely healthy foods like beans.
But Michael Hjertebjerg, of Fruit Heroes, said: ‘[British parents] look for the right things - added sugar, preservatives … However, I’m concerned how crisps, cereal bars, chocolate, biscuits and cheese make an appearance in most lunchboxes.’
As well as being a handy waiting room space saving initiative, standing up more could have a range of health benefits, while prolonged is thought to have a negative impact on fat storage and blood sugar regulation.
Campaign and study by On Your Feet Britain with the British Heart Foundation is calling for more office workers to take meetings and telephone calls standing up, to escape their desks at lunch, or even to introduce standing desks.
And finally, news to brighten up the gloomiest of morning surgeries as MPs have begun calls for yet another NHS needs another independent regulation body, this time for medical accidents.
Though primarily focused on secondary care, the House of Commons Public Administration select committee is calling for the immediate implementation of a body to investigate ‘serious incidents’ and ‘never events’ – adding the current system was too slow and complicated.
Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin said: ‘There needs to be investigative capacity so that facts and evidence can be established early, with the need to find blame, and regardless of whether a complaint has been raised.’