Public invited to help develop Tayside child healthy weight strategy

child healthy weight.jpgPeople are being encouraged to come along to an event being held in The Steeple in Dundee on Thursday, 23 August to participate in the development of a new healthy weight strategy for children.

The public is invited to attend the multiagency Tayside-wide Child Healthy Weight Strategy Engagement Event on Thursday, 23 August, from 9am to 4pm.

There will be representation from NHS Tayside, Angus, Dundee City and Perth & Kinross local authorities, the three Tayside Health & Social Care Partnerships and the third sector.

The full day event will feature presentations and participants will be asked to engage in discussions on a number of related topics in order to generate ideas to help develop the strategy and identify the next steps to take this work forward.

Joyce Thompson, dietetic consultant in public health nutrition with NHS Tayside, said “We are concerned that being of an unhealthy weight is putting the health and wellbeing of many of Tayside’s children at risk, increasing the likelihood of more and more adults developing long term conditions such as type 2 diabetes and many cancers.

“We want to make sure that our children and young people have the best start in life and this includes designing healthy weight choices into everything we do.

“We will address this by engaging with a variety of audiences and focusing on several key areas that have a major impact on children’s lifestyles and behaviours such as consumers, industry, health and social care providers, schools, third sector and the media. We value the public voice and their contribution to this work is very important. This is not a short-term plan, but a long-term commitment. ”

 Sign up for your free place by Sunday, 19 August 2018 at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/child-healthy-weight-strategy-event-tickets-47953060896

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact Lorna Murray, Tayside Nutrition Administrator on 01382 740074 or via email lornamurray2@nhs.net by 19 August 2018.

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