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Richmond's kids get weight warnings from nurses
Parents will receive feedback on their children’s weight to help give them a healthy future.
Richmond’s reception and year 6 children have some of the lowest rates of overweight and obesity, according to the National Child Measurement Programme’s (NCMP).
Despite this, twice as many children in year 6 are obese, compared with children in reception year.
To help parents tell if their child is a healthy weight, school nurses will give feedback on the weight of reception and year 6 children.
Councillor Christine Percival, cabinet member for health and children’s services, said: “While many of the children in Richmond are a healthy weight we still have problems to tackle, with almost 13 per cent of year 6 students in the obese category.
“A new initiative from the NCMP will provide parents with feedback on their child’s weight, hopefully raising awareness of the problems this can cause and encouraging families to make small changes to their habits that can make a life-long, positive transformation as part of the Change 4 Life campaign.”
Visit hscic.gov.uk/ncmp or nhs.uk/change4life for information.
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