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National Childhood Obesity Week Launched

Sunday 27th June 2010

With an estimated three million overweight and obese children in the UK, childhood obesity is one of the most serious health epidemics facing our society today. Not only is this crisis damaging our children’s health and quality of life, it also has huge financial implications for the NHS.
To raise awareness about this epidemic, MEND and the National Obesity Forum have joined forces to launch National Childhood Obesity Week. Get your primary school class involved by downloading the free "Move It!" teaching resource pack or you can find everything you need on the Move It! website.  The Move It! website has comprehensive teachers notes plus free classroom posters and certificates.  All you need to get your class involved in National Childhood Obesity Week, Monday 5th – Sunday 11th July.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) is a social enterprise dedicated to reducing global overweight and obesity levels. Throughout National Childhood Obesity Week, MEND will launch its first-ever MEND Move It Week in a bid to encourage more children and their families to get active together. To celebrate MEND Move It Week, families across the UK will be "moving it" at fun-filled physical activity events organised by MEND’s network of 350 healthy lifestyle programmes.

For more information visit the MEND National Childhood Obesity Week website.


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