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New anti-obesity drive in Scotland

New anti-obesity drive in Scotland

An anti-obesity initiative is to be trialled in eight communities in Scotland, it has been announced.

Inspired by similar schemes in France, the Healthy Weight Communities aims to bring people together in tackling weight problems. In France, participating communities have been able to curb maternal weight gain and child obesity.

"The French experience can teach us valuable lessons in cutting obesity," Public Health Minister Shona Robison said. "Like their French inspirations, our Healthy Weight Communities will bring whole towns together to get more active and eat more healthily.

"Crucially, they will involve councils, the NHS, the voluntary and private sector from schools and shops to community centres and parks," she added.

The communities, including Armadale and Blackridge in West Lothian, Catrine in East Ayrshire, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire and Dumfries, will receive £1.4m in government funding.

The other four Healthy Weight Communities will be based in Priesthill and Househillwood in south west Glasgow, Stevenston in North Ayrshire, Viewpark in North Lanarkshire and Dundee.

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