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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP

Tackling Childhood Obesity

Children from two to five and their families can develop healthy eating habits through six projects aimed at preventing childhood obesity and reducing health inequalities.

Almost £600,000 of SNP Government funding is going to programmes such as JumpStart Tots - run by NHS Ayrshire & Arran - which has already seen a number of young children and families benefit from this healthy weight programme.

The funding is part of the SNP Government’s commitment to ensure all children have the best start in life and the projects support the ambition to halve childhood obesity in Scotland by 2030.

Consultant Dietitian in Public Health Nutrition for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Dr Ruth Campbell said:

“This continued early years funding has enabled NHS Ayrshire & Arran to extend the Jumpstart Tots programme to more local families.

“Jumpstart Tots is an interactive healthy lifestyle programme which offers families with children aged between two and five, a minimum of eight one hour sessions planned to suit each individual family's needs.”

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“Parental feedback is that Jumpstart Tots has helped them make changes that their whole family has been able to benefit from, as a result of finding out more about the food they eat.”

You can find out more about JumpStart Tots here:


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