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Learning young! Aileen joined these primary one children sampling fruit and vegetables at a Healthy Living day in Brownlies of Biggar. 

(Pic: Scottish Grocers Federation Healthy Living Programme)                         

 

You may be struggling with your own New Year resolutions by now, but you can still help the Scottish Government make Scotland a healthier place. 

Combatting obesity and its crippling effect on health must be a priority for everyone and from now until January 31we are inviting your views in a national consultation: A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight.

The most recent figures show that two thirds (65%) of adults in Scotland were overweight, including 29% who were obese in 2016; and 87% of adults who have type 2 diabetes aged 16-54 years were overweight.

As a nation, our diet can often leave much to be desired. The pace of modern life means that all too many of us, too frequently, eat food that is quick, cheap and high in calories. .

Our diets, activity, and weight are among the biggest public health challenges we face, with very significant preventable impacts on our health, public services and the Scottish economy.

The primary aim now is to reduce the public health harm associated with poor diet and the excessive consumption of food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar, including the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, 13 types of cancer and other conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression.

The problem is much wider than individual choice; the Scottish Government wants to change the food culture, and to do this it is considering restricting price promotion, such as multi-buys, on food and drink products which are high in fat, salt and sugar.

It is also looking at strengthening arrangements for food labelling – listing high calories might encourage producers to rethink their products! – and is investing money to help smaller companies reformulate their food.

See the ideas, and take part in the Scottish Government consultation online at https://consult.gov.scot/health-and-social-care/a-healthier-future/

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It is pretty - unless you are driving in the snow, and tonight is expected to be bad.

 

People in the south of Scotland are being urged to avoid travel this evening, following an amber warning for snow from the Met Office.

The amber warning is in place for an area including South Lanarkshire, from 9pm tonight to 5am tomorrow (Thursday).

The Transport Minister chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Team (SGoRR) and following that, the police travel warning level is being raised to stage four, which means people in the affected area should avoid travel during the period of the amber warning.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf apologised to road users who were stuck on the M74 last night.

"It is not a situation anyone should have to experience and that is why we are taking steps to make sure we don’t face similar issues tonight. I’d also like to pay tribute to the emergency staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly last night to help the people that were stuck," he said.

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Aileen Campbell is urging everyone to take  part

 

SNP MSP Aileen Campbell is calling on her constituents in Clydesdale to contribute to the Scottish Government’s new consultation looking at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed.

The consultation will run until 30 April and will thereafter feed into a new national strategy, one of the first in the world, to tackle loneliness and isolation. A national strategy to combat loneliness was a key ask of the Jo Cox Commission, which welcomed this announcement.

Views are also being sought on how communities can build on the work of the Scottish Government, and lead on ensuring those at risk of becoming lonely or isolated have access to the right support networks.

“It’s important that voices from across Clydesdale get involved in the Scottish Government’s consultation to help shape the new loneliness and isolation strategy, especially since each and every one of us has a role to play in reducing loneliness in Scotland.

“Dealing with loneliness and isolation can be incredibly difficult, and by reaching out to our neighbours or anyone we think may be at risk of becoming isolated or lonely – by taking them out, doing a good deed or simply having a chat – we can all have a hugely positive impact," said Aileen.

“Young or old - loneliness doesn’t discriminate and it is linked to both poor physical and mental health, and can have wide-ranging consequences on so many aspects of our lives.

“The SNP Government will be the first country in the UK and one of the first in the world to develop a national strategy to address loneliness and isolation, but this strategy needs our communities and society to lead the way in ensuring those at risk of loneliness get the support they need.

"I would encourage as many people as possible in Clydesdale to have a say on this very important issue by contributing to the consultation.”

 

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Proceeds from Lottery tickets fund a massive range of good causes, and have led to a windfall for Coalburn.

 

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society has been awarded a total of £100,500 in National Lottery funding.

 

Welcoming the announcement, Aileen Campbell MSP for Clydesdale described the sum as "phenomenal", and she looked forward to seeing how the charity, which already does so much for the community, develops its work.

 

The grant, from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will allow the group, which runs the One Stop Shop, to employ a community development worker to create a programme of services and activities. These activities, which will be chosen by the local community, will cover six themes including health and wellbeing, quality of life and employment and skills. 

 

Big Lottery Fund Scotland is focussed on distributing National Lottery Good Cause funding to help people and communities most in need throughout Scotland. This is through its five-year £250m main funding scheme as well as through its small grants scheme, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

 

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First minister Nicola Sturgeon (right) with some of the first boxes given out

 

Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefited 2378 newborns across NHS Lanarkshire since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.

 

The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

 

The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.

 

“It is excellent to see so many families across Lanarkshire benefitting from the Baby Box," said Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell.

 

“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.

 

“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Lanarkshire the very best start in life.

 

“That 2378 boxes have already been provided to parents across Lanarkshire, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns.

 

"Long may that continue.”

 

 

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