Anti-obesity drives help boost pupil performance

A review of anti-obesity initiatives in schools found they helped to improve pupils’ problem-solving and could boost achievement.

England: call for action on childhood obesity

A new report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity seeks to shift the debate around childhood obesity from ‘willpower’ to how environments shape decision-making in diets.

Northern Ireland: diabetes incidence rises 62% in decade

Called for early intervention and prevention programmes to be implemented for those at greatest risk

Fortifying flour with folic acid is harmless

No evidence of harm from higher doses of folic acid exists, says new research, leading to renewed calls for it to be added to flour to help protect babies from birth defects such as spina bifida.

Anti-obesity programmes in schools don't work

School-based programmes aimed at reducing obesity in children have little or no effect, a study suggests.

Wales and England: scarlett fever cases are the highest since 1960s

Parents are being urged to be on the lookout for symptoms after more than 17,000 cases of scarlet fever were reported in the past year already – the highest levels since the 1960s.

Scotland: cut kitchen crimes to improve food safety

A new campaign highlighting 20 common ‘kitchen crimes’ that can lead to food poisoning has been launched by the Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Researchers find strange patterns of type 1 diabetes and asthma in children

Children with asthma are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes; but asthma develops less frequently in children with existing type 1 diabetes, suggesting a complex link between the diseases.

Eating fish every week linked to better sleep and a higher IQ

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores on average than those who eat little or no fish.

England: new campaign to cut unhealthy snacking

‘Take control of your children’s snacking’: this is the message of the new Change4Life campaign from Public Health England (PHE).

Scotland: too few children eat enough fruit and veg

A new Scotland-wide survey that paints a picture of the nation’s health found that just 13% of children are getting their five a day, and 29% are at risk of being overweight.