NCMP a 'waste of money'.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Obesity in children (Prevention)
Trade and professional associations (Services)
Trade and professional associations (Training)
School nursing (Training)
Wellness programs (Management)
Wellness programs (Services)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 280 Personnel administration; 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: England Geographic Code: 4EUUE England
Accession Number: 192802926
Full Text: Unite/CPHVA has called the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) 'a waste of public money' that does not tackle childhood obesity, following publication of the programme's results.


Unite/CPHVA professional officer Ros Godson stated: 'Weighing and measuring children as they enter and leave primary school is having no beneficial effect on their size, as statistics show they are just getting fatter. The government's laissez faire attitude is contributing to the build-up of health problems.'

The NCMP found that one in four four- to five-year-olds are overweight, increasing to one in three for those aged 10 to 11.

Unite/CPHVA is lobbying for 2000 school nurses in England, and to ensure that primary care trusts train 10 new school nurses from September in order to provide children with advice on public health issues such as healthy eating and sexual health issues.
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