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Funding introduced to address childhood obesity in Scotland


By Ewan Malcolm

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FUNDING has been allocated by the Scottish Government to address childhood obesity throughout the nation.

Public Health Minister Maree Todd (pictured) said the funding will help ensure children in Scotland have access to healthy, nutritious food.
Public Health Minister Maree Todd (pictured) said the funding will help ensure children in Scotland have access to healthy, nutritious food.

Several projects, including one in NHS Grampian, have been allocated a share of £759,000 to help with early intervention.

The funding forms part of the Scottish Government's aim to halve childhood obesity by 2030 as well as significantly reduce diet-related health inequalities.

Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: "Addressing obesity remains a public health priority and we want children and families to have access to appropriate support to give everyone the best start in life no matter where they live.

"We know that diet impacts on children's health and development and will therefore continue to support local partners to develop these ambitious and effective plans to help prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Our 2021-22 Programme for Government sets out our focus on improving the health of young people by taking forward the actions in our Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan.

"These projects, alongside our Best Start Foods payment and Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme Milk are central to our commitment to ensure everyone in Scotland has access to healthy, nutritious food. We have also introduced the Good Food Nation Bill to help ensure good quality, locally sourced and produced food is a practical everyday reality for everyone."


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