Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RCN Supports Call For National Campaign To Tackle Obesity, UK

“The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) welcomed the Government's calls for all health charities, retailers, the health profession and community action groups to join in a national campaign to tackle obesity in the United Kingdom. Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: ‘Obesity is this country's single biggest health issue and is threatening the health and wellbeing of the two thirds of adults, and a third of children, who are overweight or obese. 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. The RCN supports the Government's call for a national movement to address this epidemic. Obesity is everyone's business and we need a collaborative approach to address this growing issue of concern.’”


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