VISIT: Opposition health spokesman Mark McArdle and Ros Bates in Bundaberg.
VISIT: Opposition health spokesman Mark McArdle and Ros Bates in Bundaberg.

Opposition pushing health plan at kids

OPPOSITION health spokesman Mark McArdle wants to get the message about diet and exercise into the region's schools.

Mr McArdle, in Bundaberg yesterday with Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates for a tour of the Bundaberg Hospital, said the region had a very large number of people with type 2 diabetes.

"That means people are not getting the message about diet and exercise," he said.

"If we don't get the message out it means people will suffer greatly."

Mr McArdle said there seemed to be a lack of younger children getting the message.

"Targeting schoolchildren is where we need to start," he said.

Mr McArdle said children at schools needed to get the message about cutting down on sugar.

"The bottom line is that goes back to families and parents," he said.

"The message needs to get out there again and again."

Mr McArdle also criticised what he said was the Labor government's plans to move decision-making away from the hospital boards and centralise it in Brisbane.

"We've got local people on the ground who know what needs to happen," he said.


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