New government campaign aims to keep babies healthy-Health Careers News 04 Jan 2010

New government campaign aims to keep babies healthy

The public health minister has revealed one-fifth of new year babies could be obese by their teens, in news which may be pertinent to those in health jobs.

Gillian Merron's warning comes as the government launches a new campaign to help parents keep their little ones healthy.

Start4Life, part of the ongoing Change4Life scheme, will educate mums and dads on the best steps to ensure their infants' health now and in the future, concentrating on breastfeeding, exercise for babies and the best nutrition when beginning solid foods.

Ms Merron said the first few years in a child's life were vital for its health.

"Despite recent encouraging statistics which show that childhood obesity may be levelling off, obesity levels are still too high and it is important we keep the momentum going," she added.

According to Start4Life's website, the earlier healthy habits are established in a child's life, the better equipped the child is for the future.

It will also advise women on the best nutrition and dietary habits during pregnancy.

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