National school exercise scheme launched to tackle childhood obesity

A new exercise scheme which allows teachers and parents to monitor children’s activities throughout the school day is to be rolled out across the country, to help tackle childhood obesity.

Launched on 31st January, the Health Active Schools System (HASS), has been devised by the children’s activity provider Fit for Sport. It provides schools with reports that chart the activity of individual children on a daily basis.

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Sugar-free and ‘diet’ drinks no better for healthy weight than full sugar drinks

Sugar-free and ‘diet’ drinks are often seen as the healthier option, however, researchers from the Imperial College London argue that they are no more helpful for maintaining a healthy weight than their full-sugar counterparts.

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Children found to be unaware of the health risks posed by sports drinks

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A study published in the British Dental Journal has found that a rising number of 12-14 year olds are regularly drinking sports drinks. These drinks pose an increased risk of obesity and tooth decay, concluded Cardiff University School of Denistry.

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Councils call for restaurants to offer tap water to help fight child obesity

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents over 370 councils with responsibilities for public health has stated that tap water should be made more freely available, rather than something you have ask for.

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