Durham - Child obesity gets in on the act

23rd October 2009 at 01:00

The work of budding playwrights at a Durham school will be staged across the North East to help fight childhood obesity.

The play was devised by pupils from Shotton Hall School in Peterlee and stars Doktor von Funf a Day, who advises kids to eat healthily and live an active lifestyle.

The school was approached by NHS North East to devise a production that would be both educational and interactive for audiences of 10 to 12-year-olds.

Actress Hollie-Jay Bowes, who plays Michaela McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, helped to launch the play at its premiere at Shotton Hall.

Professor Stephen Singleton, regional director of public health, said he hoped the play would encourage families and children to lead healthier and more active lives.

"We have some of the highest rates of child obesity in the country and face a big challenge to get the figures down. We all know that children are influenced by their peers talking to them in a language they understand, so projects such as this add further impetus to our efforts," he said.

The play will tour seven primary schools and four secondary schools in east Durham and there are plans for other schools across the North East to perform it. rv.

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