To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
(1) whether support is provided in schools to young people with (a) diabetes and (b) kidney-related illnesses to educate them about the dangers of over-consumption of salt;
(2) what initiatives are being undertaken in schools to raise awareness of the dangers of over-consumption of salt by young people.
The joint Department for Education and Skills and Department of Health guidance 'Supporting pupils with medical needs' helps schools put in place effective management systems to support individual pupils, including those with diabetes and kidney-related conditions.
The National Healthy Schools programme is promoting clear and consistent messages about diet, nutrition, food safety and hygiene, food preparation and cooking, as well as where food comes from, throughout all aspects of school life. This includes teaching pupils about the need for a moderate consumption of sugar, fat and salt.
The Food Standards Agency launched the 'Sid the Slug' programme last September to raise awareness of the dangers of high salt intake, including a campaign pack that over 800 schools have so far applied for.