It is a fact that overweight children are likely to become overweight adults.

This means they will start adulthood with an increased risk of coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes and other health problems.

The Lifestyle, Activity and Food programme (LAF) is a weight management programme for children and families which includes a variety of fun activities to encourage the whole family to get involved in healthier lifestyles.

The LAF referral programme is for families with children aged five to 15 years who have been identified as overweight; live in Sunderland and registered with a Sunderland GP. There are programmes for children aged five to ten years and their families and separate programmes for teenagers (11 to 15 years).

Children under five years can access support from the Senior Specialist Dietician at City Hospitals Sunderland.

For further information please contact 0191 569 9013, Children 16 years plus can access the Exercise Referral and Weight Management Programme.

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