12 Jun 2018, 12.45

The Gaelic Athletic Association will present its policy ideas for combatting the rise of childhood obesity at Wednesday’s meeting of the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

GAA community and health manager Colin Regan is scheduled to detail the sports body’s current fitness programmes and areas for development at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1.

Current programmes include the GAA’s Healthy Club Project that already has designated 150 of the association’s 1,600 clubs as centres for promoting healthy, active choices on and off the pitch. As part of this effort, the GAA is promoting a Recipes for Success programme that gives young athletes practical cooking lessons focused on nutrition and performance.

The Committee has held six fact-finding meetings since March into the reasons why Irish children are increasingly likely to be overweight or obese and to identify strategies for reversing the trend.

“The Committee’s goal is to identify the best and brightest ideas for promoting healthier lifestyles and to help the nation’s young make smart improvements in their activities and their diets,” said Committee Chairman Alan Farrell TD. “As Ireland’s largest sports body with clubs in every corner of every county, the GAA presents a tremendous platform for driving positive change at grass-roots level.”

Wednesday’s meeting can be viewed live here.

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Committee membership

Deputies

Fianna Fáil

Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil

Senators

Independent