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A new scheme to help overweight children in Wales' worst obesity hotspot has been set up in Caerphilly.

On in five adults living in the county are now obese and levels of childhood obesity in Caerphilly borough are rising, particularly in the north of the county, which has the highest rates.

A 12-week, family-based programme of activity, dietary education and behaviour modification has now been set up to help overweight nine to 12-year-olds.

Fit for Fun, has been funded by the Welsh Assembly Government's food and fitness grant scheme and will be run by Caerphilly Local Health Board and the local public health team.

During the sessions the children, and their parents, will have access to a team of specialised health professionals and a specially formulated diet.

The project will start in January 2005 and is looking for children to take part. Contact Amanda Trevett on 01443 811 399.

THE campaign for free and nutritious school meals in Wales has secured cross-party political support.

Assembly Members from three different parties have put down a Statement of Opinion that supports the principle of free and nutritious school meals for half a million children.

A campaign spokesman said, 'We've managed to get massive support across the board for this campaign because it's so important for the next generation to know what it is to eat healthily, to support and nurture the rural economy, to reduce social inequality and the stigma of free school meals.'

THE search to find the occupational therapist of 2005 has started.

The award scheme, by Stannah Stairlifts and the College of Occupational Therapists, offers a pounds 1,000 cash prize to the winner. A further pounds 2,500 to pay for a Stannah stairlift at a venue of their choice is also available.

Entry forms are available from Jane Warden or Juliette Barnes on 020 7861 2424.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2004
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