Health visitors have been engaged in a novel way of encouraging children to eat healthily by drawing pictures of food on the pavement.
Yesterday, children were able to draw their favourite fruit or vegetable on the pavement at Anglia Square Shopping Centre in Norwich, as part of the initiative run by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.
“Children especially liked the opportunity to be able to draw their favourite fruit or vegetable on the pavement”
The trust’s North City health visiting team hosted the event to engage families with a fun activity, while explaining the benefits of joining the national change4life programme, which aims to boost health eating and physical exercise.
Artwork provided by local pre-schools displaying pictures of children’s favourite fruit and vegetables was displayed around the shopping centre.
Carolyn Cain, North City health visiting team leader, said: “We all know how important it is to lead a healthy and active life and it was wonderful to see so many families participate in the event.
“Children especially liked the opportunity to be able to draw their favourite fruit or vegetable on the pavement,” she said. “This was designed to educate and develop imagination and creativity as well as developing skills and dexterity.”
She added: “We also provided information on local play areas and events to get involved in during the school holidays as children benefit most from having a wide range play experiences.”
The event was held on the same day as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issued a new quality standard on preventing obesity and lifestyle weight management for children and young people.
It called on health visitors and school nurses to ensure they were aware of the lifestyle weight management programmes available for children and young people in their area.