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      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • Threat of debt collectors for parents who don’t pay dinner money

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 30, 2011

    The parents of pupils at Corinthian Primary school in Liverpool could face a visit from a debt collector, as the school has dinner money debts amounting to hundreds of pounds. Although a debt collection agency has branded the official warning as ridiculous, the head teacher, Gary Crockett has decided that the time has come for action.

    The letter which was issued to parents said:

    Due to a high number of unpaid dinners, the school is engaging a debt collection agency to chase unpaid monies.

    The headmaster has said that he is happy to discuss difficulties faced by parents, with regard to payment. Although Mr Crockett considers the letter to be an effective warning against non payment of dinner money, he said that he would still consider a professional debt collection agency if the minority persisted in building up lunch money debts.

    The school deal with their own catering, providing nutritious food which includes salmon fillets and homemade meatballs. Child health is a primary concern for the school, who have to pay for the staff and healthy food which they serve. Mr Crockett compared the school dinner service to a shop, adding that you wouldn’t ask a shop to provide goods which you would pay for weeks later.

    Regardless of the reasons behind the school threat, a consultant for Debt Collect UK, based in Liverpool said:

    To get a debt collection agency involved for that amount is ridiculous.

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