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Guidance given to parents on managing children's weight
8:20am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
CITY of York Council has given guidance to parents on how to manage their children’s weight before it becomes an issue.
In response to receiving National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance on how to manage overweight and obesity the council wants to remind people adults need to be active for at least 150 minutes each week, children aged between five and 16 need 60 minutes of activity each day and children under five need three hours of activity each day.
Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, City of York Council’s director of health and wellbeing said: “Getting the whole family involved in something can make activities more fun; and children are more likely to join in if they see mum or dad doing it too. Playing together is a great way to be active as a family too. It burns energy and helps children to maintain a healthy weight which reduces their risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer later in life.”
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