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Just peachy: healthy eating program to beat childhood bulge

PEACH PROGRAM: Dietitian Megan Leane at the GP Superclinic, Gladstone.
PEACH PROGRAM: Dietitian Megan Leane at the GP Superclinic, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

ACCORDING to the Federal Government one in four Australian children are overweight or obese.

The PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program was created in response to rising rates of childhood obesity in Queensland.

The program will roll out again in Gladstone after the school holidays finish, starting on Wednesday 14th October at the Gladstone West State School at 4pm.

PEACH is a lovely program which takes care to avoid placing weight stigma on children, rather it encourages a whole family approach to a healthy lifestyle

The PEACH Program director Professior Lynne Daniels has stated in a recent interview: "We hear parents say they are so relieved to be able to access this professional help because often they don't know where to begin.

"Parents should not feel guilty if they think their child is overweight, but they do need to make change in their family's lifestyle which is where the PEACH Program can help."

PEACH is free to any families living in the Gladstone region with children aged between 5-11 whose weight is above a healthy weight range for their age and gender.

The program runs for six months and consists of 10 group sessions that run for 90 minutes each.

The first nine sessions are held weekly within the school term.

Ongoing individualised family support is offered through the second half of the program ending with one final group session.

Topics covered include nutrition skills, relationships with food and eating, changing family lifestyle behaviours and making healthy eating affordable. While the parent sessions are taking place, children enjoy active play with a trained child physical activity facilitator.

There is no need for a referral which means PEACH is very easy to access.

Register online at www.peachqld.com.au

Topics:  childhood obesity gladstone west state school nutrition obesity weight loss



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