Childhood Obesity: Is what we are doing working?

The focus for 2009/10 was on ensuring that sound data on the current obesity levels was available and agreeing on the multi-agency strategy and developing weight management care pathways. The childhood obesity strategy was informed by the DH Childhood Obesity National Support Team visit in July 2009. Consultation on the action plans was conducted and key stakeholders views sought on the development of the care pathways. Participation in the National Child Measurement Programme exceeded national targets for the last two years. Established programmes that contribute to reducing childhood obesity have achieved their target or shown consistent improvement; prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks has consistently exceeded the target, there has been a consistent improvement in uptake of school meals in primary schools and participation in 2 hours of high quality PE and sport. Local reports e.g. an Ofsted report for area 2 included positive feedback on the work of the new healthy eating services in early years settings. During 2009/10 57 children successfully completed ‘Mend’ a family intervention programme. Results showed children became healthier and fitter by the end of the programme.




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