Dutch news in brief, 11 March 2005

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National campaign against obesity

National campaign against obesity

Several organisations are uniting to run a campaign against obesity, with definite plans to be unveiled next week during the National Obesity Debate in Amsterdam. The campaign will: urge parents to stop taking children to school by car; urge city councils to construct safer bike and footpaths; suggest that parents be fined if their children do not eat a healthy breakfast; and recommend schools place greater emphasis on physical education. Furthermore, all crèches should have safe play area outside The plan is being drawn up by national health and sickness prevention  institute NIGZ in co-operation with health authority GGD, the Dutch Association of Municipalities (VNG), the Dutch Institute of Sport and Movement and the Nutrition Centre. Statistics bureau CBS asserts that 46 percent of Dutch people are overweight.

EC funding to fight Antillean poverty

The European Commission has allocated EUR 20 million to fight poverty in the Netherlands Antilles. Most of the money will be spent on projects in poor districts located across the five islands, Radio Netherlands reported. The Antilles receives poverty-eradication funding from the EC every five years. Some EUR 20 million has not been spent in the past 15 years and will be used to build a sewage system on Bonaire. The Antilles and Aruba will each receive EUR 3 million to fight HIV-AIDS and for prevention campaigns.

Drug dealer to pay State EUR 2.4m

A 37-year-old man from Blerick was ordered by Roermond Court on Friday to pay the Dutch State almost EUR 2.4 million that he earned by selling drugs. The man was convicted in October 2002 of exporting soft drugs and of membership of a criminal gang. He was sentenced to three years jail and the Appeals Court in Den Bosch confirmed the ruling.

Dutch eat more sweets

Dutch nationals ate more sweets last year, with sales of products such as chocolate and licorice rising by 2.1 percent to EUR 2.78 billion. The Snacks and Sweets Study Centre said on average, a Dutch resident ate 32kg of chips, biscuits, nuts, chocolates and other snack foods last year. It said the rise in sales was due to the supermarket price war.

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