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Health Insight May 2002: Encouraging healthy children

  Hundreds of children will enjoy free swimming as part of a series of government pilots aimed at increasing access to physical activity and sport in low-income areas. At the NHS ‘Taking Action’ physical conference last month public health minister Yvette Cooper announced a new £2.5 million programme of community pilot schemes. These pilots will start later this year and run for two years. They are being developed with Sport England and the Countryside Agency.

Yvette Cooper has also announced that the government’s National School Fruit Scheme is to be extended to London at the start of the autumn term. This second phase will bring the total number of children being given access to a piece of fruit every school day to over 600,000, around one quarter of infant school children in the country.

A new website, which focuses on protecting children from the risks of skin cancer from the sun, was launched to coincide with Euromelanoma Day. The Sun Safe Website www.doh.gov.uk/sunsafe includes activity/work sheets to help teachers and parents explain the risks to children, and an interactive tool which identifies your skin profile and explains how each skin type behaves in the sun.

Source: Press releases (DoH)

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