Health tips for youths

YOUNGSTERS are being given advice on tips at leading a healthy life as part of a national campaign.

Children in the borough are being measured in school by local nurses as part of the drive to support healthy lifestyles for families.

Public health nurses from North Tyneside Primary Care Trust are measuring the weight and height of children – aged from four to 11 – to record the confidential information.

Parents will be sent letters containing the results, being offered further advice and support if their child is found to be overweight.

Dawn Scott, public health consultant for NHS North of Tyne, said: “There can be many reasons for a child to fall into the overweight category.

“The National Child Measurement Programme’s aims are twofold.

“Firstly it helps us measure the extent of the problem so we can develop services accordingly.

“Secondly, it provides local health services with extremely important information which can be used to support local families to become healthier together.”

The Childhood Measurement Programme requires primary care trusts and local authorities to measure school children on an annual basis.

Parents have the choice to opt out of the scheme, which is now in its sixth year, and if their child takes part they will receive a results letter informing them of their child’s measurements before schools break up for summer.

Dawn added: “We have had a fantastic response from parents who have been happy for their children to take part in this national programme and welcome the support and advice offered by the local NHS.

“More and more parents each year are saying ‘yes’ to their children taking part.

“Without help, overweight children will become overweight or obese adults and will be at increased risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke.”

Call CHAT on (0191) 643 7454 for more details.