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Teesside health officials focus on improving child wellbeing

Specialists attending a health conference in Middlesbrough recently focused on the issues that affect the condition of children and how they could raise awareness of such problems.

Issues included a variety of topics, from maternity through to obesity in young children.

Speakers were present from a number of organisations, including Middlesbrough Council, Public Health England, and Redcar and Cleveland Council. The participants were looking at ways to raise awareness of local child health issues.

According to the council’s commissioning lead on health improvement, Rebecca Laidler, the conference would focus on ways that practitioners can have an involvement, working alongside each other to give children a good start in life.

Other attendees included those who work in education, pharmacy staff, school nurses, health visitors, and midwives. Presentations were delivered on aspects of child health, including breastfeeding, alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, and mental health during maternity.

Data presented by The Gazette last year indicated that almost 20% of North East mums were smoking around the time of giving birth. Meanwhile, the Director of Public Health for Middlesbrough Council, Edward Kunonga, spoke of the inequalities that can have an adverse effect on parents and their children. Also, a health improvement specialist at the council focused on obesity levels, nutrition, and physical activity.

For many regions, one of the easiest ways to encourage pupils to eat a healthy diet is to offer nutritious snacks in the school tuckshop. Teesside schools are among those in the UK that have adopted new measures to tackle child obesity.

Posted by Mark
November 8, 2014

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