Healthy eating scheme up for regional award

An apple. Pic: Tim Lewis

An apple. Pic: Tim Lewis

A healthy living scheme for youngsters in Burntwood and Lichfield has been shortlised for regional award.

The Healthy Kid5 programme is designed to encourage a healthier lifestyle among schoolchildren across south Staffordshire.

The project’s website and CD was launched in June by South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT). It is designed to be both a reference source and a practical guide for health and community workers, children and their parents).

It was developed following the introduction of the National Child Measurement Programme which aims to tackle the continuing rise in childhood obesity.

And now the Healthy Kid5 project has been shortlisted for a West Midlands Innovation Award.

A spokesperson for the scheme said:

“We saw an opportunity for health promotion activities with Year 6 children to be part of the local Child Measurement Programme and developed the over five years old section of the Healthy Kid5 Pack.

“We then looked to extend the pack to cover children under five years and school reception age, given that these years are an important time of influence and when eating and activity habits are being established.”

The Healthy Kid5 pack contains a wide variety of ideas for interactive events and some supporting information for children and parents such as cook and eat session plans, healthy snack and lunchbox ideas and examples of songs and rhymes with a food and health theme.

Those behind the project will find out if it is a winner on November 26.

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