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Action plan to reduce obesity in Wales

10th March 2010

A new drive is under way to help fight rising levels of obesity in Wales.


The Change4Life programme is to be rolled out with families offered tailored action plans on how to eat healthily and do more exercise.

The scheme, launched across England last year, will give parents the chance to fill in questionnaires about eating and their activity habits and receive regular advice on healthier lifestyles.

Latest figures show that 21% of people in Wales are classed as obese, rising to 28% in the most deprived parts of the country.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell said after completing lifestyle questionnaires - which will be distributed to primary school children - parents would receive a free personalised action plans full of ideas, tips and advice on how to get them and their children doing more physical activity and eating more healthily.

He added: “Once a family has signed up for their unique plan they will be sent more information and advice on a regular basis to help them keep up this healthier lifestyle.”

The Welsh Assembly is spending £280,000 in 2010/11 on rolling out the Change4Life programme and is hoping organisations with particular contact with families will back the move and facilitate access to materials.

Sports Council for Wales chair Laura McAllister said: “Through our Welsh Assembly Government funded 5x60 scheme, many more young people are already taking up new sports and activities, which contributes greatly towards their recommended intake of 60 minutes of physical activity five times a week.”


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Article Information

Title: Action plan to reduce obesity in Wales
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14336
Date Added: 10th Mar 2010


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