Last reviewed 27 November 2020

More than £600,000 of funding has been awarded to projects in Scotland working with young families to encourage healthy eating and good nutrition.

Ten initiatives around Scotland are being allocated funding by the Scottish Government, supported by Public Health Scotland, to help prevent and reduce levels of childhood obesity.

Among the initiatives is a pilot scheme working in areas of deprivation in Lothian where 120 family workers and early learning childcare practitioners will be trained to support families in community settings in good nutrition. Another is the Bump and Beyond Buddies scheme in Tayside which aims to extend its successful peer support infant feeding programme.

The funding will support projects in areas where families are at increased risk of diet-related health inequalities and is part of the Scottish Government’s ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030. The funding aims to increase knowledge, skills and confidence around the promotion of healthy eating to establish good nutrition in the early years.

Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said:

“We want children and families to have access to appropriate support to achieve as healthy a weight as possible, no matter where they live and we will continue to support local partners to develop ambitious and effective plans to prevent and reduce childhood obesity.”

“We all have a responsibility to work together to help people in Scotland to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and these projects will help address inequalities in obesity between children in our wealthiest and poorest areas.”

“As we set out in our 2018 Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery plan, our ambition is to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and significantly reduce diet-related health inequalities.”

The Scottish Government published its Diet and Health Weight Delivery Plan in July 2018.