Council says it is ahead of the game in work to beat childhood obesity

Coun Tracey Dixon
Coun Tracey Dixon

South Tyneside Council says it is ahead of the game after its first ban on a hot food outlet to combat obesity.

Yesterday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced new measures to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

Key aims include consulting on mandatory calorie labelling on menus and on banning the sale of energy drinks to children.

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But South Tyneside health bosses insist tackling obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles among children and young people was already a top priority.

Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside’s lead member for independence and wellbeing said: “As part of our approach to tackling childhood obesity, we provide training to staff working with families who may be overweight.

“We also raise awareness of the national Change4Life programme within local children’s services to help practitioners support families to make healthy lifestyle choices.

“We are committed to providing fresh, tasty, nutritious meals in our schools and encourage them to adopt further measures to encourage healthy lifestyles among their pupils through our local Healthy Schools Programme.

“New planning guidance around obesity levels contributed to a takeaway being refused planning permission in South Shields town centre.

“There are plenty of other things families and their children can do to get more active across the borough. Promoting small changes in eating habits and lifestyles among families can make a huge difference in our efforts to reduce the number of children who are obese or overweight.”