Scottish childhood obesity prevention initiatives receive funding

  • Scottish Government
  • 15 Nov 2020

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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The Scottish Government has awarded more than £600,000 of funding to 10 initiatives around Scotland working towards preventing and reducing childhood obesity.

The funding is a key element of the Government’s goal to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and substantially bring down diet-related health inequalities.

These projects work closely with families to emphasise the importance of healthy eating and good nutrition.

Among the programmes to receive funding is the Bump and Beyond Buddies scheme in Tayside, which intends to extend its popular peer support infant feeding programme. They also plan to run a pilot in the deprived areas of Lothian, where family workers and early learning childcare practitioners will receive training to support families in good nutrition.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: “We want children and families to have access to appropriate support to achieve as healthy a weight as possible, no matter where they live and we will continue to support local partners to develop ambitious and effective plans to prevent and reduce childhood obesity.”