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At risk pupils encouraged to join weight loss course

Children who are overweight are being encouraged to take part in a programme that is aimed at teaching them about exercise and a healthy diet.

The course was initially rolled out in Sheffield before running in Plymouth, and is now being introduced to Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset.

The Self Help Independence Nutrition and Exercise 12 week course will teach children from the ages of 10 to 17 how to eat healthily, including through the use of classes in cookery. Children will also be encouraged to exercise with a selection of physical activities.

In addition, the programme will hope to examine the underlying reasons for the weight gain. The chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, Tam Fry, said:

“It is a shame that we have to have these things in the first place. In some instances parents will learn as much as their children because they have never been taught it themselves before.”

According to data released by the National Child Measurement Programme, over a third of children in the UK are classed as overweight.

The course will teach children about reading nutrition labels, building self-confidence, how to recognise the important food groups, and why they need to take part in the family grocery shop to help cook healthy meals.

The assistance for overweight school children won’t stop at the end of the course, as many local authorities are introducing healthy tuckshop foods. Merseyside is one of the areas taking part in this initiative, to encourage all children to adopt nutritious eating habits.

Posted by Susan
May 23, 2014

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