Bid to fight child obesity

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A NEW service to combat childhood obesity is to be launched in September.

The programme will work with overweight children aged between seven and 15 to try and help them manage their weight.

NHS Sheffield has appointed Zest for Health to run the scheme for three years.

Children can be referred by their parent or carer or any healthcare professional known to the family, including their GP or school nurse.

The programme will focus on healthy eating and physical activity and aims to provide families and children with the skills needed to manage their weight successfully.

Nazreen Iqbal, health services manager for Zest, said: “We are delighted to be delivering the new programme where we are able to offer a flexible and responsive service based on what we know about the needs of Sheffield families and what works for them.

“The programme is fully interactive and children are encouraged to attend all kinds of sports, activities and games. We want to show that being healthy is fun!”