Nutritionists and dieticians from Inverclyde Royal Hospital are getting behind this summer's Weight Wise: The Next Generation campaign by encouraging local teenagers to adopt a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
Weight Wise: The Next Generation is being run by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and is targeted at teenagers.The campaign hopes to show young people how small positive changes in activity levels and food intake can help them feel more energetic and achieve a healthier body shape and composition.
S3 pupils from two local secondary schools are learning the healthy message through newsletters, displays and talks.Other activities include a competition to make a new healthy sandwich or wrap meal, with great prizes for the winners.
Dietitians and nutritionists will be on hand to offer advice and support to the two schools taking part but all secondary schools in the area will get facts and information on how to eat sensibly through a local newsletters.
The key messages are:
Get into healthy habits.
Make time for regular meals starting with breakfast.
Downsize high calorie foods and drinks.
Supersize your fruit and vegetables.
Make smart snack and take away choices.
Lindsay Meechan, Senior Dietician, said "This campaign seeks to empower teenagers to take charge, move more and eat better.
"In Scotland the problem of overweight and obesity is escalating.In 2004/05, 34.1% of children aged 11-12 years were overweight, 19.4% were obese and 11.2% severely obese.The sooner we start to tackle the problem, the sooner we can protect the future health of our children who are the next generation of Scots."
To support the National Campaign a road show is taking place and will be in Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow on Saturday 17th June.A lead Dietitian will be at the road show, where people will be invited to have body composition measured, chat to the Dietitian about results and get useful tips to take away, sample food products and talk to a fitness professional or try out/demonstrate sports equipment at the stand.
Also as part of the campaign a brand new website: www.teenweightwise.com has been launched, which provides full of info and advice for teenagers who want to find out more about healthy eating.
Notes to the Editor:
Scottish Statistics – Physical Activity (2003 Scottish Health Survey)
-26% of boys (2-15 years old) and 37% of girls (2-15 years) are not meeting the recommendation of a minimum of one hour a day physical activity.
Scottish Statistics – Fruit and Vegetable Consumption (2003 Scottish Health Survey)
-Children aged 5-15 consumed only 2.6 portions fruit and vegetables per day.
-Only 12% consumed the recommended amount of five a day or more, while the same proportion consumed none at all.
The BDA is the professional association for Registered Dietitans working in the UK.
This campaign is supported by The Food and Drink Federation's foodfitness programme, Food Standards Agency, Kellogg's, My Dolmio and Sainsbury's and thanks should go to the Waterfront Leisure Complex for donating prizes and to Environmental and Consumer Services, Catering Division, Inverclyde Council for their assistance with the sandwich/wrap making.
For further information contact 0141 201 4429.