Devon lifestyle revolution is launched

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 17 June 2010

FAMILIES across Devon are being encouraged to start the New Year with a pledge to improve their family s health. Families are being encouraged to sign up to Change4Life, a new nationwide lifestyle revolution, which was launched on Friday, aiming to get

FAMILIES across Devon are being encouraged to start the New Year with a pledge to improve their family's health.

Families are being encouraged to sign up to Change4Life, a new nationwide lifestyle revolution, which was launched on Friday, aiming to get every family to eat well, move more and live longer, in order to halt the rising tide of obesity.

Recent figures from the Department of Health showed that 14.2 per cent of children in Devon are obese, and experts say that without any intervention around 90 per cent of today's children will be overweight or obese and at risk from serious diseases by 2050.

This shocking prediction is the central message of the Change4Life campaign.

Dr Virginia Pearson director of public health for Devon Primary Care Trust, said: "Obesity is an increasing problem, not just nationally, but also here in Devon where around 14 per cent of 11 year old children are now considered obese. This is bad news for their future health.

"This is a serious problem that we all need to face up to, and I would encourage all families to sign up to Change4Life and get help and advice on ways to eat better and be more active to ensure they keep their weight under control.

"In Devon, public sector organisations have been working to create our joint 'Healthy weight strategy' which we will be publishing in the New Year."

Change4Life will help families to understand the harm that fat can cause to their children's health. It warns that a bad diet and inactive lifestyle can lead to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Families are also being invited to call 0300 1234567 to register their support and get advice and information on how they can start to make a change.

More information on the Change4Life campaign and details of activities and facilities available locally can be found at www.nhs.uk/change4life.


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