THE Cakaudrove Provincial Council will ensure that noodles is reduced from children's lunches in schools within the province come next year.
Council chairman Emitai Boladuadua said with the launch of the Cakau Green Project, issues such as healthy school lunch for children were on the agenda.
Mr Boladuadua said it was a common sight for local children's lunch to include noodles, either boiled or fried, and this was unhealthy as it contained many chemical food additives that were harmful.
"Therefore it has been part of the provincial council proposal to lessen the use of noodles in children's school lunches and whatever was learnt in the workshop during the launch of the Cakau Green Project will be taken down to the grassroots people by their district reps. The council decided to lessen the consumption of noodles by children in the province and the district representatives, who were part of the one-day build-up workshop before the meeting, had learnt the effects of the chemicals in noodles on children's health," Mr Boladuadua said.
"Parents will be encouraged by district reps to reduce the use of noodles in their children's diet and to lessen its consumption until we reach the point where there is zero consumption of noodles by students next year," he said.
Mr Boladuadua said schools within the province would also be encouraged to foster the Cakau Green Project to include parents and children.
"Children's lunch will be monitored in schools as a part of the healthy living initiatives in schools," he said.