Walking Schemes Get The Green Light

February 24, 2009

Source: Natural England http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Press Release

In a Nutshell: Natural England’s Walking the Way to Health Initiative (WHI) has been recognised by the Department of Health for its important contribution to improving the health of the nation. Natural England’s WHI has encouraged hundreds of thousands of people to use the natural environment for the benefit of their health. Natural England hopes to give every GP in the country access to a local WHI scheme so that they can all refer patients to take part in an accredited walking scheme.

Publication Length: One Page


Obese Cancer ‘Explosion’ Warning

February 24, 2009

Source: BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: News Story

In a Nutshell: The current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later in life due to their unhealthy habits, a specialist has warned. Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones said western countries should prepare for an “explosion” of weight-related cancers. Professor Pritchard-Jones called on families, health professionals, teachers and governments to do more.


Obese Mothers Risk Spina Bifida

February 24, 2009

Source: BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk

Publication Type: News Story

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Year of Publication: 2009

In a Nutshell: Mothers-to-be who are obese increase their odds of having a baby with abnormalities including spina bifida, researchers say. Up to a fifth of pregnant mothers in the UK are classed as obese. Leading clinicians said the government should be focusing their anti-obesity campaigns on women of child bearing age.

Length of Publication: One Page


£1.4 Million Program to Tackle Childhood Obesity Launched

February 24, 2009

Source: NHS Wales http://www.wales.nhs.uk/

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Press Release

In a Nutshell: The Welsh Assembly Government is funding the first ever national weight management program, designed to help overwight and obese children manage their weight and become fitter, healthier and happier. The programme uses an iteractive learning approach and follow up contact.

Length of Publication: Four Pages


Obesity: Let Us Help You Take Control

February 24, 2009

Source: East and North Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust www.enherts-pct.nhs.uk

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Website

In a Nutshell: East and North Hertfordshire PCT, working in partnership with Oughton Children’s Centre and the Obesity Solution’s Trust are inviting local people to join the next session of their successul weight management program. The new approach taken by tutors aims to help participants look at the causes and effects of their overeating, rather than solely focusing on dieting and calorie control.

Length of Publication: One page


Why Social Work Can’t Ignore Obesity

February 24, 2009

Source: Professional Social Work, February 2009, p 20-21

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Highlights why rising levels of obesity in society are an issue that social work needs to grapple with if it is to support often vulnerable people making decisions in the best interests of their health, and the health of their families.


Healthy Schools Plus is Launched

February 24, 2009

Source: National Healthy Schools Program http://www.healthyschools.gov.uk

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Year of Publication: 2009

Publication Type: News item

In a nutshell: Healthy Schools Plus, which will build on the foundations of the Healthy Schools programand help to acheive measurable improvements in the health and wellbeing of many children and young people, has been launched in Bristol. The program focuses on local priorities, such as childhood obesity, and is the first of its kind in the country.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: View videos of children discussing the Healthy Schools Program, and how they are being encouraged to eat healthily on the NHS choices website Link here for video