Date lodged: 25 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it promotes healthy lifestyles among children in order to tackle obesity, and what action it takes to encourage them to maintain such lifestyles in adulthood.
Answered by: Shona Robison 8 November 2016
The Scottish Government is taking a wide range of actions to ensure children and as importantly their families have the knowledge and skills necessary for healthy living across the life course. This begins with the Government’s Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A framework for Action and such advice continues for young families with programmes such as Eat Better Feel Better our social marketing campaign. For Schools Health and Wellbeing is one of the eight curricular areas in the Curriculum for Excellence. In addition to PE children and young people should experience daily opportunities for sport and physical activity. This is supported by the Active Schools programme which provides opportunities for children and young people to participate in sport and physical activity before, during and after school which is further supported through the Government’ support of Community Sport Hubs to date 155 are in place, 50% based in schools with 45 more to come by 2020.
For this outcome to be effective the Government is tackling the obesogenic environment through such work as Supporting Healthy Choices Framework to ensure all are able to be more active, eat less and eat better.