'Invest in school nurses to tackle obesity', says RCN

The government must invest in specialists and school nurses to put children on the right track to tackle obesity, says the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

It welcomed the government’s call for all health charities, retailers, the health profession and community action groups to join in a campaign to tackle obesity.

Dr Peter Carter, the RCN’s chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘600,000 nurses from across public and private healthcare, from community midwives to intensive care, have a part to play in educating the public about the dangers of obesity and ways in which they can adopt healthier lifestyles.

‘If we are to have a long-term impact on tackling obesity, it is essential the government invest in specialists and school nurses who can put children on the right track at an early age.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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