23 Nov 2015

Push in American Samoa for junk free schools

7:15 am on 23 November 2015

A proposal in American Samoa to prohibit the sale of junk food close to schools has been met with some criticism from the public.

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The director of education, Dr Salu Hunkin-Finau, raised the issue as the two Samoas try to promote healthier eating habits to reduce the numbers of non-communicable diseases.

She said one of the solutions would be to pass a law stopping the sale of junk food within 200 feet of school campuses.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, says some members of the public have said it is not the government's responsibility to stop children eating junk food.

"I don't know how well that's going to go down. Just from the response that we have had since we aired that story, people have said that hey this is a free country and really parents have to do their job of educating their kids about healthy process. But as far as coming up with a law like that they don't think it is going to go."

RNZ International's correspondent in American Samoa, Monica Miller.