Tackling obesity in youngsters

NHS TAYSIDE spread the Fun Fit Tayside message to secondary school pupils in Angus on Tuesday (yesterday) at the annual Angus Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships.

Active Schools, in partnership with NHS Tayside’s Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST) and Angus Council Education Department, organised the annual cross-country championships which saw teams of up to 10 pupils from each year group competing in the events at Monikie Country Park. Runners from all eight secondary schools in Angus took part in the S1, S2, S3 and senior races. Teaching staff acted as officials.

To help promote the importance of physical activity, POST sponsored the event and provided medals and trophies for the winners and runners-up, which were presented by members of the POST team.

POST team lead Dr Laura Stewart said: “We are really excited about supporting this type of event. It’s great to see young people having fun, getting involved in physical activity whilst enjoying a healthy lifestyle.”

Andy Garnett, Angus Active Schools lead co-ordinator, added: “POST has become a valuable partner for Angus Council and in particular the Education Department, with many teachers benefiting from the professional training on offer through the Fun Fit Tayside programme. The sponsorship of today’s event helps strengthen the message of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to our young people in Angus.”

POST is a specialist weight management service for children and young people across Tayside. With one in five children in Tayside classed as obese by the time they start primary school, NHS Tayside recognises the importance of working with the whole family to help children and young people adopt healthier lifestyles. Contact post.tayside@nhs.net or 01738 473784 for more information.