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Issue no 485 | 28 October 2002
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Children to ‘wotchit’

From January overweight children, teenagers and their families in South Leeds can get advice and support about their weight problems at a series of new clinics, run by honorary senior clinical lecturer, Dr Mary Rudolf.

Under the WOTCHIT! programme, children and their parents will regularly see a specially trained person to get practical advice about how to be more physically active and how to eat more healthily. Morley, Middleton, Rothwell and Beeston are likely to be chosen for the clinics, to take place outside school hours. A variety of activities will be offered, and if children wish, they can also join in group sessions.

“GPs are too busy to provide help if your child is overweight, and there are not enough dietitians in the city to cover demand,” said Dr Rudolf. “This programme, funded under the health action zone, targets disadvantaged areas, where obesity levels are much higher, so offering help where it’s most needed.”

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