Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teachers Get Support to Tackle the Childhood Obesity Problem

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teachers Get Support to Tackle the Childhood Obesity Problem

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Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter

PE teachers in the North East are getting a helping hand to tackle rising levels of obesity among pupils.

Newcastle's Education Network has teamed up with the Gateshead School Sport Partnership (GSSP) to support primary school teachers across the borough increase participation in sport.

The Network has sponsored this year's Gateshead School Sport Partnership's Primary PE Conference at Gateshead Leisure Centre.

The event brought 54 primary school PE teachers and secondary school sport co-ordinators together to share ideas and discuss new ways to maximise participation in sport and raise the importance of healthy living among children and families.

Gateshead was recently identified as having one of the highest levels of obesity among schoolchildren on Tyneside. The profiles were compiled for the Department of Health using data from local health authorities and schools.

Michelle Olsen from The Education Network's partnership division, said: "Unlike many other partnerships, our approach is to give back as much as we can. Through ongoing collaboration with our clients and the communities in which we operate, we are continually developing new ways to work together, add value and help to promote the benefits of sport and healthy lifestyles in schools and the wider community.

"We were keen to work with the Gateshead School Sport Partnership, it has a strong track record in raising standards through the improvement of physical education and school sport provision. The PE providers within the partnership work with approximately 26,000 pupils across the borough and we want to support them in educating children on the importance of diet and exercise in order to reach their full potential and live a long and healthy life."

In addition to sponsoring the Gateshead School Sport Partnership's Primary PE Conference, the Network has also funded new kit for PE teachers in 68 primary schools across Gateshead.

Alex Perkins, assistant strategic manager for Gateshead SSP, said: "Everyone in GSSP is passionate about delivering first-class sporting activities within the borough. …

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