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Obesity Classes For 4 Year Olds

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9:10am 27th August 2014

Cornish children as young as four are being offered free courses to help tackle a rise in obesity.

The twelve week programmes are being rolled out for families in places like Penzance, Truro and Pool.

They cover everything from exercise to eating well.

Programmes are for families with children who are above a healthy weight aged 4-7 (in Penzance this time), and children aged 7-13 (Pool, Truro and Penzance). Teenagers are contacted on an individual basis.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health, said, "Being overweight or obese is a factor in many serious illnesses including type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. These family weight loss programmes have helped lots of families lose weight, improve their health outcomes and quality of life."

Tracey Barter, Healthy Weight Lead, said: "Childhood obesity is a problem across the UK, so teaching children how to eat healthily is a great way to prevent them becoming overweight adults. 

"If you or your family were feeling a bit self-conscious about wearing bathing costumes over the summer, and could do with losing a bit of weight, then take action now.

“These courses aren’t quick weight-loss programmes, they aren’t flashy diets which you can’t possibly follow for longer than a couple of weeks. They are weight management programmes, designed to help you think differently about food. You will learn about portion sizes, nutrition and exercise, and you can keep applying what you’ve learned for the rest of your life – and your children, for the rest of their lives too."

A mum who has been through the course said: "We found the programme very rewarding, knowledgeable and fun. We all adapted to it reasonably easily and looked forward to the new challenges every week. At the end of the programme we found the results were fantastic and we were all very pleased that the children lost weight, and grew at the same time. 

"The programme leaders were very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, also giving lots of encouragement to both the children and the adults."

You can contact Cornwall Health Weight on 01209 310 062, via email at healthy.weight@cornwall.nhs.uk, through the Cornwall Healthy Weight facebook page, Cornwall Health Weight twitter account or via the Cornwall Healthy Weight website.

9:10am 27th August 2014

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