A Childhood Obesity Program will be offered for the first time in Ipswich
A Childhood Obesity Program will be offered for the first time in Ipswich

Childhood obesity program is coming to Ipswich

IPSWICH families are urged to sign up to a free government-funded healthy lifestyle program.

The PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program is being offered to combat rising childhood obesity rates in Queensland.

It is the first time the program has been offered in Ipswich and is being delivered by the Queensland University of Technology in partnership with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and is funded by the State Government.

Families with a child aged between five to 11 years whose weight is above a healthy range for their age and gender are eligible for the program.

Katherine Wyman from Special Projects at the Ipswich Hospital Foundation said families who went through PEACH could expect to gain knowledge that would set them up for a long-term, healthy lifestyle.

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"We are excited about offering the program in Ipswich and urge any parent or carer who feels they need help with this issue to contact us," Ms Wyman said.

"The program is family-focused so it doesn't stigmatise the child and it is conducted in a supportive group environment with people who are experiencing the same struggles."

Program director and head of QUT's Exercise and Nutrition Sciences School professor Lynne Daniels said the response to the program had been encouraging.

Families can contact the PEACH program on free call 1800 263 519 or register directly at http://www.peachqld.com.au.