Tackling child obesity with positive and fun schemes Rising levels of child obesity, and the likelihood of a generation of children who will die younger than their parents, are causing a great deal of anxiety. The two schools featured here have opted to tackle the problem head on.
Tong High School, a specialist sports college in Bradford, and Cumberland School in Newham, East London have implemented very different schemes to improve students’ health and health awareness. At Tong, a health fayre day promotes the health message, and is followed up by the launch of a Healthy Lifestyle card – a kind of loyalty card which gives students real incentives for choosing healthy food and increasing the amount of exercise they take. At Cumberland School, the cycling club teaches students to ride safely, in preparation for riding to school and for choosing to cycle more in their everyday lives.