Paratroopers mark D-Day in war on childhood obesity

July 24, 2009

Source: Health Service Journal, 23 July 2009 pg20-21

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Date of publication: July 2009

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article outlines a number of programmes being used by NHS Trusts around the country to tackle childhood obesity, and their effectiveness.

Length of publication: 2 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.

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Take Up of School Lunches in England 2008-2009

July 24, 2009

SourceSchool Food Trust

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Date of publication: July 2009

Publication type: Statistics

In a nutshell: Following a new government requirement, local authorities must now report the number of pupils signed up for school meals.  The figures released show the first increase in uptake at secondary level since the new standards for healthier school meals were introduced.  All schools must now provide a nutrionally balanced main meal.

Length of publication: 13 pages

Some Important Notes: Follow this link for a press release from the Department of Children, Schools and Families

Acknowledgement: Info4local


Evaluation of the Snack Right Social Marketing Project Phase 2 – Final Report

July 24, 2009

Source: Liverpool Public Health Observatory

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Date of publication: June 2009

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell: This report evaluates the Snack Right social marketing project which was commissioned by Cheshire and Merseyside public health teams in 2005 and aimed to improve the nutrional value of snacks given to pre-school children, put marketing theory into practice throughout Cheshire and Merseyside and disseminate what was learnt about social marketing.

Length of publication: 126 pages

Acknowledgement: New Documents Bulletin


Swim4Life

July 24, 2009

Source: Department of Health

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Date of publication: July 2009

Publication type: Press Release

In a nutshell: As part of the Change4Life programme the Department of life is launching Swin4Life to encourage young people to swim as part of their 60 active minutes per day.  Swin4Life will be heavily promoted through the local press, and will there will be a competition to encourage young people to invent their own swimming stroke.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

Some important notes: Follow this link for information on the free swimming scheme from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport