Training: Let’s get moving

January 21, 2010

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: Training opportunity

In a nutshell: Let’s Get Moving is a physical acitivity care pathway which was launched by the Department of Health in September 2009. In January 2010, a standardised training package will be made available covering physical activity for health and motivational interviewing. The training package will be available to download or order from the Department of Health website.

Length of publication: 1 page

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


MEND courses held in Wirral

January 21, 2010

Source: NHS Wirral

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: NHS Wirral is holding a series of MEND courses for young people to educate them about the benefits of having fun whilst exercising and eating a healthy diet. The MEND programme has already helped dozens of young people in Wirral, and has received praise from parents.

Length of publication: 1 page


Treatment of childhood obesity by retraining eating behaviour

January 20, 2010

Source: BMJ

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: The Mandometer is a computerised device which provides real time feedback during meals to slow down the speed of eating and reduce the total intake. The researchers found that when it was used by obese adolescents their BMI and cholersterol levels fell, and they had an improved quality of life.

Length of publication: 7 pages

Some important notes: There is a discussion of the Mandometer available as a podcast here.  Please contact your local NHS library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.


Childhood obesity and class

January 20, 2010

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2010, 34 (1) 41-47 

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This aritcle explores the trends of obesity amongst school aged children in different socio-economic groups. While there is some evidence that trends of obesity are slowing, this is not necessarily the case amongst those from the lowest socioeconomic groups.

Length of publication: 6 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Fair’s Fare


New campaign launches to give families a healthier Start4Life

January 20, 2010

Source: Department of health

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: News story

In a nutshell: The Start4Life campaign will encourage pregnant women and parents of babies to give their child a healthier start in life. Based around the latest infant research, it will let parents know what’s right for their baby, such as why breast milk is better for mum and baby, and tips on how to avoid giving your baby a sweet tooth. Short films will be run in antenatal clinics and on Baby TV featuring the Change4Life plasticine characters to raise awareness.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The Start4life website can be accessed here


Clued up kids opt for healthy meals

January 19, 2010

SourceNews Distribution Service for Government and Public Sector

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Date of publication: December 2010

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: Ninety four primary schools in the West Midlands are taking part in FoodNet’s ‘Cooking with Kids’ scheme. Delivered by trained food health advisors, the cooking courses allow children and parents the opportunity to gain hands-on cooking skills, try new foods and explore the food that they eat. The scheme has received praise from the Department of Health.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important notes: The Birmingham FoodNet team website is available here

Acknowledgement: Info4local


Weight loss and retention in a commercial weight-loss program and the effect of corporate partnership

January 19, 2010

SourceInternational Journal of Obesity, Epub January 2010

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Date of publication: January 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article investigates whether there is a link between commerical weight loss programmes, programmes which are supported by a corporate partner, retention in the programme and levels of weight loss.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library