Common sense prevails 11/8/2012
A massive win for sensible, community minded sporting volunteers over bullying neo-puritans on the government payroll.
Researchers found that 78 Geelong clubs participating in a VicHealth trial to introduce healthier practices had struggled to make positive changes.
They found clubs relied on money raised through alcohol sales and sponsorship, while fast food was cheaper and easier to prepare than healthier alternatives.
These VicHealth wowsers, with $2 million of taxpayer’s hard-earned, originally wanted to ban traditional canteen lines such as chips and pies.
The clubs, relying on volunteers with very few shiny-arsed bureaucrats or “researchers” in their ranks, fought vehemently against such nanny-state nonsense. In the end, our club agreed to have a bowl of fruit on the canteen counter to be offered to our mainly young sports-participating customers. Of course, the kids declined, preferring, as have generations before them, a pie or a hot dog after battle on the arena.
So have the government busy-bodies learnt from this failed experiment? Nah, they’re displaying Einstein’s theory of insanity by doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.
The $2 million trial has been expanded by VicHealth to incorporate all regional and rural sports clubs, with an extra $3.3 million in funding.
Perhaps they hope to find a hippy community out in the wilderness that feeds their kids mung beans after their weekly 25-goal hiding.
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