Roadshow will help tackle child obesity

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A ROADSHOW will encourage parents to make small changes to their children’s lifestyle to tackle the problem of obesity.

The healthy lifestyle event at the Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, November 26, is being held by NHS Lincolnshire and partner agencies to offer advice, support and information alongside cooking demonstrations, sports activities, competitions and freebie giveaways.

The event coincides with the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) which sees all reception and year six children weighed and measured to track their growth and identify trends.

It follows the revelation earlier this year that almost a quarter of children in South Holland are classed as obese.

Lynne McNiven, counsultant in public health medicine for NHS Lincolnshire, said: “The results of the NCMP are meant to provide parents with an insight into the health of their child so changes can be made, if necessary, to reverse the trend of overweight children growing year on year.

“The good news is that small lifetsyle changes can have a big impact on overall and long-term health.

“These roadshows have been designed to show families how simple it can be to make these changes and imform them of local services that are available to help.”