Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed a new joint partnership between Diabetes UK Scotland and Edinburgh International Science Festival to improve children’s health.
The two organisations are coming together to offer school students the chance to participate in Live for It!, a new interactive and fun programme of workshops and activities designed to tackle childhood obesity and highlight the possible risks of developing Type 2 diabetes in later life.
Live for It! aims to tackle the problem of childhood obesity head on by engaging with primary and secondary students to show how leading a healthy lifestyle now, can help lead to a healthy lifestyle in the future.
The programme is designed to tie in with Scotland’s curriculum for excellence in Health and Wellbeing and has already been delivered to schools in areas with high levels of Type 2 diabetes, in Edinburgh and Glasgow before moving on to other areas of Scotland.
Each school participates in four 90 minute sessions during which students explored topics including, diet, cooking, digestion, diabetes and how the body uses energy. The final session allows the students to show off what they have learned through a series of interesting challenges, including Oscar; a life size model patient with exposed organs and a flashing red nose modelled on the ‘Operation’ board game.
Linda Fabiani MSP said “Scotland is facing a diabetes epidemic that will mean the children of today are increasingly likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in later life. This is why initiatives like Live for It! are so welcome. By leading a healthy lifestyle now, children can lead to a healthy lifestyle in the future.
Jane-Claire Judson, National Director of Diabetes UK Scotland said: “One third of children are overweight or obese in Scotland and the impact on the nation’s future health has never been far from the public’s attention. Being overweight or obese is a key risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes in adulthood. There are also almost 2000 children under the age of 14 living with Type 1 diabetes in Scotland and this project will also try to improve knowledge of the challenges school students face when they have diabetes.”