AN EXTENSIVE survey of children’s health is under way – with obesity at the top of the list.
‘How Are the Kids?’ has been launched as the latest initiative in the Change4Life campaign, which was launched last month.
The aim of the campaign is to kickstart a lifestyle revolution for every family in order to halt the rising tide of obesity.
Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health for NHS Kirklees and Kirklees Council said: “The National Child Measurement Programme shows that currently one in six primary school children in Kirklees are obese.
“However, by 2025, the Foresight report predicts that this figure will double.
“Mums and dads will be asked to complete the quick survey – and in return they will get an action plan, tailored specifically for their family, full of hints and tips on how to get their children to be more healthy.”
The plan will include healthy diet and activity advice, as well as a card game for children featuring characters from the popular Change4Life TV advert.
The Change4Life lifestyle revolution involves thousands of local charities and organisations including NHS Kirklees, Kirklees Council and Kirklees Active Leisure.
These organisations will help mums, dads and families eat well, move more and live longer through a number of initiatives including Eat Well4Life and activity programmes such as Get into Sport, Energise and Sport4life.
Parents and others can find out about more about the campaign and how to become more active by visiting www.kirklees.gov.uk/activeforlife or by ringing 01484 234095 for advice and information.