Scottish funding for child health10th September 2008
Figures show that health boards across Scotland have been allocated record levels of funding to help give all children the best possible start in life.
New resources were announced in June by the Scottish government when it published Healthy Eating, Active Living.
The action plan aims to improve diet, increase physical activity and tackle obesity and is backed by a £56 million investment of which £40 million is new money.
From that, health boards will be allocated £19 million targeted at children.
Public Health Minister, Shona Robison said: "We are determined to stop the problem of obesity in its tracks, by supporting new mums, babies and all young people to develop healthy eating and active living habits that last a lifetime.
"Over the next three years, an extra £40 million is being put into tackling obesity and other chronic conditions associated with unhealthy lifestyles. Nearly half of these new resources, £19 million, will be targeted at children."
The Counterweight programme helps obese patients achieve a healthier lifestyle and lose weight with specialist weight management advisers deployed across health boards.
They will train local dieticians and primary care staff about obesity issues.
Ms Robison said the Scottish government was also fulfilling a commitment to provide free fruit to mothers and pre-school children and introducing new initiatives that support a healthy diet and physical activity.
She added: "Ensuring every child in Scotland is given the best start in life is a top priority for the Scottish government and the funding announcement for local health boards will help achieve this."
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Title: Scottish funding for child health
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8269
Date Added: 10th Sep 2008