Drop the car for back-to school as BHF warns of 'type 2 epidemic'
The British Heart Foundation has warned that “bold action” is needed to curb the obesity levels that are fuelling increases in type 2 diabetes and consequently heart attacks and strokes in the UK.
They are calling for small lifestyle changes to tackle obesity and inactivity, especially among young people in light of the growing diabetes epidemic that is set to dramatically increase hear attacks.
Let’s Go Tees Valley is urging parents across Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees to get out of their cars to walk and cycle more with their children.
Speaking for Let’s Go Tees Valley Silke Oldridge said, “One in three children is obese in the UK. With the school term starting soon, now is a great time for parents and carers to look at how they are travelling with kids.
“Healthy children need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Children from across Tees Valley have told us that they want to walk to school more. Walking or cycling the school run, or in to town on the weekends is a great way to combine exercise with travel.”
The voices of Tees Valley children talking about the walk to school can be heard on the Let’s Go Tees Valley website http://www.letsgoteesvalley.co.uk/teesvalleykids/.