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MSP Mitchell supports new diabetes initiative

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Monday, July 4th, 2011.

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CENTRAL Scotland MSP, Margaret Mitchell has welcomed the formation of a joint partnership between nationwide charity Diabetes UK Scotland and the Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Speaking at an exhibition, in the Scottish Parliament, Mrs Mitchell told us about Diabetes UK Scotland's "Live for It!" programme.
"Live for It" is an interactive and fun programme of workshops and activities which is aimed at primary and secondary children. The programme is specifically designed to tackle childhood obesity, by promoting a healthy lifestyle and highlighting the possible risks of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

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Commenting, 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."

Each school participates in four 90-minute sessions, where participants learn about a healthy diet, cooking, digestion, Diabetes and how the body uses energy. The final session allows the students to put into practise what they have learned through a series of engaging challenges, including Oscar; a life size model patient based on the famous ‘Operation’ board game.

Later commenting, on the programme, Margaret told "In Scotland today, children and young people are increasingly likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in later life and this is why initiatives like Live for It! are so welcome in highlighting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I hope the initiative will in turn help children avoid the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life."

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