ACT government moves to address junk food marketing

ACT government consulation

ACT government consultation

The ACT government has introduced a new bus advertising policy that bans junk food, alcohol and gambling ads on buses. ABC reported that the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services said that “Across the board we’re looking to promote healthier food to school children and so leaving junk food advertising off the buses helps contribute to that overall objective of delivering a healthier message to our kids.”

Recently the Canberra Times reported that there could also be changes to stop junk food companies sponsoring children’s sports teams. As part of the ACT government’s Healthy Weight Action Plan “Towards Zero Growth” the government has called for ideas from the ACT community “to inform the development of actions to increase the marketing of healthy food and drink and where feasible reduce the marketing of unhealthy food and drink, particularly those aimed at children”.

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