Overweight children urged to join course

NEARLY 150 children in Suffolk have successfully completed a nine-week NHS-led “fat camp” course since it was introduced two years ago.

NEARLY 150 children in Suffolk have successfully completed a nine-week NHS-led “fat camp” course since it was introduced two years ago.

The health programme is attempting to turn the tide of obese children in Suffolk by educating 7-11-year-olds in everything from reading food labels for nutrition information, boosting self esteem to the importance of exercise.

One in 14 children in Suffolk are currently obese, according to information compiled from GPs in the county. But health bosses are hoping a new recruitment drive for the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition and Do It campaign (MEND), will continue to make inroads into the figure.

The nine-week courses are now getting under way in Ipswich, Great Cornard, Saxmundham, Haverhill and Felixstowe, with teaching material covering exercise, nutrition and health benefits for the mind.


You may also want to watch:


Linda Paterson, MEND project co-ordinator for Suffolk, said she hoped they could quickly add to the 145 children who have already completed the programme.

She said: “The course offers a great opportunity for children to learn about the importance of their own health and wellbeing in a fun way.”

Most Read

Sally Hogg, head of health improvement at NHS Suffolk, has previously said there was currently a “real chance” parents would start outliving their children due to their seriously unhealthy lifestyles.

She revealed that last year one in three children in the county was either overweight or obese - in line with the rest of the country - and said urgent action was needed to address the problem.

Any parents that are interested in finding out more information about registering their children on

the MEND programme should call Linda on 01473 770007.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter