New help on nutrition for mothers

PUBLISHED: 12:42 11 May 2011

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MOTHERS are to be given nutritional guides in a bid by regional health bosses to tackle child obesity in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council, NHS North Somerset and Weston Area Health Trust have teamed up to launch the publication, which will be distributed to 300 locations of child and health care in the district.

The guide is aimed at raising understanding of food nutrition and encouraging mothers to establish healthy eating patterns for their children.

It follows statistics that shows more than one in 10 four and five-year-olds in North Somerset are overweight, while nine per cent are obese.

NHS North Somerset senior health improvement specialist, Karin Dixon, said: “These guidelines aim to provide the guidance and information mothers and carers for young children need to ensure that they receive the best possible start in life.”

The publication is also available for downloading via North Somerset Council’s website, www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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