Lotto cash to help towns fight child obesity

PUBLISHED: 12:45 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER, Honiton and Lyme Regis are among four towns to get a share of a £95,000 lottery fund to tackle childhood obesity.

AXMINSTER, Honiton and Lyme Regis are among four towns to get a share of a £95,000 lottery fund to tackle childhood obesity.The Big Lottery Fund is backing a series of healthy eating workshops to teach parents how to prepare and cook fresh and healthy family meals.The Health and Local Food for Families initiative will offer information on nutrition, healthy eating, budgeting, sensible shopping and local food producers.Lyme Regis town clerk Michael Lewis said: "It's good Lyme Regis has got funding and you've got to start with children. "Obviously child obesity is an issue and it's nice to get some help to educate children, in particular on healthy eating."District and Axminster town councillor Andrew Moulding said: "The funding is to be welcomed. Everybody is aware that young people in particular need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. I think schools and colleges are doing quite a good job to make them aware but, if it can be increased, it's a good thing."I think many children are taught about these things at their school but often the difficulty is when they come home and their parents aren't necessarily keen to adopt the same healthy lifestyle they would like. It's a culture that needs to run throughout the family."Axminster councillor John Jeffery said: "It's very good news. It's a good idea to keep the nation healthy and educate children."Big Lottery Fund head of region for the South West Mark Cotton said: "These workshops are a fantastic way to engage with parents and get them cooking healthier meals for their children, rather than falling into the trap of seemingly quick and easy ready meals."One of the Big Lottery Fund's main aims is to create healthier communities and, by tackling childhood obesity head on, this project is doing just that.

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