Youngsters tackle childhood obesity

Hindley Green Community Primary School Year 5 pupils during one of their Fit 4 Fun sessions
Hindley Green Community Primary School Year 5 pupils during one of their Fit 4 Fun sessions

PRIMARY school children across Wigan are already tackling the issues being highlighted during national Childhood Obesity Week this week.

Many year five children are currently taking part in a six-week programme – The Healthy Lifestyle Award – which is delivered by Wigan Council’s Fit 4 Fun Academy team.

Each week the team covers a different topic including the balance of good health, eating five portions of fruit and veg a day, snack swaps, physical activity and the facts about fats and sugars.

The children take part in a different activity each week including active games, circuits and basketball skills, wearing pedometers throughout and recording their scores.

While the programme is designed to be fun for the children, it supports the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), a statutory measurement that is undertaken with all Reception and year six children on an annual basis.

Wigan Council lead commissioner for early intervention and prevention, Emma Edwards, said: “As a borough we have made significant improvements and developments in children’s healthy weight services that will have a gradual impact on the percentage of healthy weight children in the coming years.

“Encouragingly, a small decrease has been seen in overweight and obese Reception aged children from the baseline in 2006.”

Parents can email Fit4fun@wigan.gov.uk| or call 01942 828812.