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Further Education: Health Education

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will take steps to encourage the dissemination of diet, lifestyle and health information through the further education sector. (256832)

The Further Education sector has a key role to play in improving the health and well-being of their learners, staff and their communities, in July 2008, we announced cross-government support for a new ‘National Healthy FE’ initiative. This is now being taken forward through the development of a Healthy FE Framework by a sector-led Steering Group.

The Framework will provide a range of materials and guidance to support the sector in promoting all aspects of health and well-being, including guidance on healthy eating; physical activity; emotional well-being; sexual health; drugs, alcohol and tobacco. It will build upon what a number of colleges and providers have already been actively encouraging, by providing them with more tools and support.

We plan to have the Framework infrastructure in place by September 2009.