Energy drinks have been banned from Greymouth High amid
growing concern over the number of girls skipping meals.
Health officials say many students have been substituting a
proper breakfast with energy drinks, or not having breakfast
A meeting will be held next week to discuss solutions.
The school has decided to ban energy drinks from the
beginning of term two, starting on April 23. Students caught
with them will have them confiscated.
Another school in the town, John Paul II High, has not banned
the drinks, but says it does not sell them at the canteen or
promote their consumption.
A number of primary schools in the area already ban energy
Community and Public Health nutrition promoter Jennifer Brand
said it was a real concern so many children and teenagers
"Without a good breakfast it makes it really difficult to
meet the daily requirements of a number of nutrients.
"Not only that, those who eat breakfast learn better as they
have better energy levels and concentration, they are more
active and have a healthy weight. It also sets them up with
healthy habits so they become healthy adults,'' she said.
Healthy schools co-ordinator Kathryn Cannan said she had
questions about the root cause of the problem, which needed
to be answered before a decision was made on how to combat
Ms Brand said some of the most nutritious breakfast options
were the most affordable, such as wheat biscuits and rolled
oats. Those who found it hard to stomach food in the morning
could try a smoothie or a banana wrapped in a piece of
The average serving of energy drink V has seven teaspoons of
sugar, according to Community and Public Health figures.
- By Emma Monk of the Greymouth Star