Healthy Weight Communities trial launched

Public Health Minister Shona Robison has launched a trial programme to bring whole communities, towns or cities together to eat more healthily and be more active in addressing childhood obesity.

Eight sites will take part in the programme: Dundee, Dumfries, SW Glasgow, North and East Ayrshire, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire.

This trial has been inspired by a French programme known as EPODE (Preventing Childhood Obesity Together) which achieved a 25% reduction in obesity in participating areas.

To read more visit www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2009/05/28093241

and news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/8071679.stm

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