Referral service to help overweight kids
COUNCIL chiefs are launching a new weight management service to help overweight primaryage children get healthier.
Let’s get movin’ is an referral programme funded by Cheshire East Council.
The service – run by Everybody Sport and Recreation, the council’s charitable sports trust – will offer families continual support to help them make lifestyle changes to help them reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Coun 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.”
The programme is also open to all young people aged four to 18 and their families.
The move is another step towards tackling childhood obesity which has hit shocking levels in Macclesfield, according to public health data.