Council funds new service to help overweight children

Cheshire East Council is funding a new weight management service to help overweight primary-age children get healthier.

Let's get movin' is a national child measurement programme (NCMP) which was set up in 2005 for parents worried about their child's weight.

The purpose of the NCMP is to measure the height and weight of children at all state-maintained primary and middle schools. It is a mandatory service, which was taken over by local authorities in 2013.

The weighing and measuring is undertaken by a qualified health professional with reception and year six children, unless parents decide to opt out of the service.

Councillor Liz Durham, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: "It is a really positive step that we are now able to refer parents and guardians to a designated programme that will work for them to get healthier outcomes for themselves and their families.

"Previously, we have been able to offer advice and signpost them to some degree but having this service available to those that need that support is a significant, positive step."

Let's get movin' is open to all young people aged 4-18 and their families in order to support them to make lifestyle changes to help them reach and maintain a healthy weight.

All parents and guardians of the children being weighed and measured are notified by schools that a health professional will visit and provide this service. The visits will take place between Easter and the school summer holidays.

Cheshire East Council


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Barry Stafford
Wednesday 3rd May 2017 at 4:21 pm
Give them large posters..' GOBBLE GOBBLE...WOBBLE WOBBLE. What next coupons for healthy McDonalds.B
Terry Roeves
Friday 5th May 2017 at 11:51 am
Kath O'Dwyer should set and example by choosing any Cllrs with a BMI over 25 and giving us regular progress reports.
Always good to show an example by leading from the front Kath, otherwise it's just a Nanny State CEC sound bite.