A HEALTHY eating campaign is under way across Wearside to give support and advice to parents.
The Eat Right, Be Right .... Get Active campaign, to help raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating and lifestyles for children and their families, was launched by Sunderland Children’s Centres at Millfield Nursery.
Portfolio Holder for children’s services, Councillor Pat Smith, went along to the 80-place nursery in Bell Street to help start the campaign and raise awareness of the new website where parents can get information.
She said: “There is a vast amount of evidence that suggests that a healthier lifestyle for babies and infants prepares them better for life and for school.
“The aim of the campaign is to reinforce the message that help and advice is available, and promote some important messages about health and nutrition for both children and parents throughout pregnancy, infancy and beyond.
“We need to get everyone – parents, staff and the community – thinking more about everything from healthy eating during pregnancy, to the importance of bringing babies and young children to nurseries, Children’s Centres and other early years settings.
“We are committed to reducing levels of childhood obesity in our city, and promoting healthy eating, physical play and exercise as vital elements in our children’s personal development throughout infancy is a key to achieving this.”
Anne Gunning, headteacher at Millfield Nursery who was delighted to launch the event, said: “We work hard with the families at our school to provide whatever help, advice and practical support we can to encourage healthier lifestyles.
“It’s not always easy to think about nutritional value over cost with food, or to find time to get involved in the fitness and exercise classes we all provide, so reminding people of what’s available is very important.”
Moira Scales, health co-ordinator for Sunderland Children’s Centres, which provide support to families of young children, said: “It is about keeping the healthy eating message going. We need to keep reminding people.”
The Sunderland Children’s Centre website provides families with information about activities and services across the city, as well as useful information about health services, training and employment opportunities, play sessions and much more.
For more information about the healthy eating campaign visit www.sunderlandchildrenscentres.co.uk/useful-information/eat-right-be-bright-get-active.