05/11/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 05/11/19

Oral evidence: Childhood Obesity follow-up 2019, HC 130 – Parliament UK
29 October 2019. Health and Social Care Committee, Ministers questioned:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/health-and-social-care-committee/childhood-obesity-followup-2019/oral/106851.html

Blog:  Early Years, OfS and School Admissions – Department for Education
31 October 2019.  Announcement that councils across England will receive a funding boost to deliver free childcare places, enabling parents to work more flexibly and supporting children’s early development:
https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/10/31/early-years-ofs-and-school-admissions/
 
News: Just 15% of children hit five-a-day target – TES Online
29 October 2019, Emma Seith.  One in 10 under-16s in Scotland eats no fruit and vegetables on a typical day, according to new government research:

Just 15% of children hit five-a-day target

Guidance: Children and young people’s mental health: prevention evidence – Public Health England
30 October 2019.  Summary report and outputs from a review of evidence for universal approaches to improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing:

Children and young people’s mental health: prevention evidence

Press release: £12 million boost for youth projects – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & SportOffice for Civil Society, and The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan
25 October 2019.  Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost as part of the Government’s commitment to help young people thrive and level up opportunities, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announces:

£12 million boost for youth projects

Blog:  Knife crime – Department for Education
25 October 2019.  The All-Party Parliamentary Group published their ‘Back to School?’ report, which looks at links between school exclusions and violent crime.  :

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/10/25/knife-crime/

News:  Childhood obesity linked to differences in the brain – Open Access Government
24 October 2019.  Scientists at the University of Cambridge recently found that childhood obesity is associated with differences in brain structure, compared to the brains of children who are normal weight:
Childhood obesity linked to differences in the brain

Open consultation: Early years foundation stage reforms – Department for Education
24 October 2019.  Views sought on proposed changes to the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage:

Early years foundation stage reforms

Article: As population grows, human diet must cut down on meat, sugar, salt: Nestlé executive – Reuters
23 October 2019, Marcelo Teixeira.  Nestlé SA (NESN.S), one of the world’s largest food processors, believes population growth will require human diets to adapt, reducing consumption of sugar, salt and meat products, an executive said:

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-nestle-environment/as-population-grows-human-diet-must-cut-down-on-meat-sugar-salt-nestl-executive-idUKKBN1X22J9

News:  Pledge to help nurses tackle conversations about childhood obesity – Nursing Times
22 October 2019, Jo Stephenson.  Leading nursing organisations have pledged to support nurses, midwives, health visitors and other professionals to have tricky conversations about children’s weight as part of efforts to tackle a national childhood obesity crisis:

Pledge to help nurses tackle conversations about childhood obesity

Blog:  4 Reasons Why Kids Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep – Psychology Today
18 October 2019, Austin Perlmutter.  What science reveals about children’s lack of sleep—and how parents can help:
4 Reasons Why Kids Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

News: Primary schools give free food to hungry families – BBC Online
19 October 2019.  The biggest primary school academy trust in England is opening food banks in its schools to stop “family hunger”.  The Reach2 trust is going to put “community fridges” in its schools to provide food for families who otherwise would not be able to afford it:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-50088910

Article: Calorie labelling on restaurant menus produces healthier meals: study – Food Navigator
17 October 2019, Oliver Morrison.  A UK study argues that if government policy made menu labelling mandatory, it could encourage restaurants to produce healthier options, leading to public health benefits:

Calorie labelling on restaurant menus produces healthier meals: study

Departmental Overview: Department of Health and Social Care 2019 – National Audit Office
17 October 2019.  This Departmental Overview is designed to provide a quick and accessible overview of the Department and its performance over the last year. The report focuses on the Department’s responsibilities and how it spends its money, key developments in its areas of work and findings from NAO recent reports:

Departmental Overview: Department of Health and Social Care 2019

News:  Obesity levels of four and five-year-olds rose 9.5% last year – PharmaTimes
16 October 2019, Anna Smith.  New data shows that obesity in four and five-year-olds rose from 9.5% in 2017/18 to 9.7% in 2018/19, equating to 58,000 children:

http://www.pharmatimes.com/news/obesity_levels_of_four_and_five-year-olds_rose_9.5_last_year_1313342

News: UK’s controversial ‘porn blocker’ plan dropped – BBC Online
16 October 2019.  The government has dropped a plan to use strict age verification checks to stop under-18s viewing porn online.  It said the policy, which was initially set to launch in April 2018, would “not be commencing” after repeated delays, and fears it would not work:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50073102

Report: The State of the World’s Children 2019 – UNICEF
October 2019.  This 2019 edition of The State of the World’s Children (SOWC) examines the issue of children, food and nutrition, providing a fresh perspective on a rapidly evolving challenge:

https://www.unicef.org/reports/state-of-worlds-children-2019

News: Child obesity: Will we see radical action? – BBC Online
10 October 2019, Hugh Pym.  Strategies for tackling obesity in England have been much talked about – but consistency has been hard to find.  Three different prime ministers in four years have all had their own approaches. Policies have been floated but implementation has been patchy:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49992999

Article:  RCN responds to damning childhood obesity report – National Health Executive
10 October 2019.  As part of her final work as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Dame Sally Davies, has published a report named ‘Time to solve childhood obesity’:

http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Service-Focus/rcn-responds-to-damning-childhood-obesity-report

News: Obesity: Ban snacking on public transport, top doctor says – BBC Online
10 October 2019.  Snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England’s outgoing chief medical officer says.  In her final report as CMO, Dame Sally Davies also called for tighter rules on advertising and takeaways:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-49975720

Independent report:  Time to solve childhood obesity: CMO special report – Department of Health and Social Care
4 November 2019. An independent report by former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Dame Sally Davies:

Time to solve childhood obesity: CMO special report

News: Sugary drinks tax is working — now it’s time to target cakes, biscuits and snacks – Metro
2 October 2019, Gemma Bridge.  A SUGAR tax on soft drinks has now been in operation in the UK for more than a year and results so far seem to indicate it’s working. But campaigners say more still needs to be done and that the next target should be biscuits, cakes and snacks — many of which contain high amounts of sugar:

Sugary drinks tax is working — now it’s time to target cakes, biscuits and snacks

Press release:  New research to improve treatment for adolescent mental health – Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyUK Research and Innovation, and The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP
7 October 2019.  New government research into teenage mental health issues could unlock quicker diagnosis and better support from health facilities and schools:

New research to improve treatment for adolescent mental health

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