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Drop in Yarmouth obesity rates

PUBLISHED: 09:24 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:11 30 June 2010

HEALTH chiefs have described a decrease in child obesity levels in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as “a step in the right direction” while reminding people of the raft of free help available through their local NHS.

HEALTH chiefs have described a decrease in child obesity levels in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as “a step in the right direction” while reminding people of the raft of free help available through their local NHS.

Latest statistics show the number of reception age children classed as obese fell from 10.4pc in 2007/08 to 9.6pc in 2008/09.

During the same time period, obesity levels in year six pupils fell from 19.6pc to 18.9pc.

Dr Alistair Lipp, director of public health for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “This decrease is a positive step in the right direction, and one on which we can continue to build in the years to come. However, we will not become complacent as we still have a long way to go in helping make sure children and adults alike can maintain a healthy weight.

“Being overweight seriously damages people's health. In children, this can lead to major problems later in life, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. As such, we are committed to supporting families to help their children move towards a healthy weight.

“Changing our behaviour and the way we live our lives is not easy, but there is plenty of support available locally for anyone who needs it.

“We have a number of initiatives in place to encourage healthy eating and exercise, all of which are free and can make a real difference. Some of these are tailored specifically towards children, such as MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) and Activ8 It Plus, and are proven to work extremely well.

“We would encourage anyone who would like extra help to lead a healthier lifestyle to get in touch and find out more about taking those all important first steps.”

For more information on any of these programmes, visit www.gywpct.nhs.uk or contact the Healthy Life team on 01493 859205 or by email at gyw-pct.healthylife@nhs.net.

To sign up for the Do Something Different progamme, call 0800 027 6413, text CHANGE to 65000 or email change@dsdeast.co.uk

For your nearest MEND programme, visit www.mendprogramme.org.

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