New funding in battle against child obesity
A new £100,000 scheme has been launched to tackle childhood obesity in Cornwall.
The Cornwall Hearty Lives Project is being funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
NHS chiefs say one in three children in England leaving primary school are overweight.
According to project leaders people living in the poorest areas on average die years younger than those from the richest neighbourhoods.
The money will be used to target areas where child obesity rates are highest.
BHF chiefs have joined forces with the NHS and Cornwall Council to run the scheme which includes workshops for parents and health days.
Part of the initiative also includes a BHF scheme which teaches people what to do in a life-threatening situation.
Dr Kerry Bailey, of NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, said: "An unhealthy weight at a young age can very quickly lead to serious health problems and affect how long we will live for.
"We are all guilty of making poor lifestyle choices but the key is to recognise them and try to ensure a healthy balance between what we like and what we know is good for us."