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Central Highlands peachy keen for kids’ health

KEEN AS: CQ Medicare Local dietician Kaitlyn Bruschi is facilitating the PEACH program in Emerald and Blackwater.
KEEN AS: CQ Medicare Local dietician Kaitlyn Bruschi is facilitating the PEACH program in Emerald and Blackwater. Joan Krause

KAITLYN Bruschi is peachy keen to kickstart a health program for kids.

The CQ Medicare Local preventative health officer, dietician and nutritionist will be running the PEACH (Parenting, Eating and Activity for Child Health) program in Blackwater and Emerald from September 11.

The program is in response to rising rates of childhood obesity in Central Queensland and Ms Bruschi said families with a child between 5-11 years were eligible.

Families in the Emerald area will also have access to the program remotely, via Skype at the CQ Medicare Local office.

"We want to remove that stigma surrounding it," Ms Bruschi said.

"It's very confronting for everyone, especially parents, to admit their child might be overweight, but we're all in the same boat.

"You see it in the supermarket, as kids scream for that roll-up.

"This program is about how to give parents the skills to cope with that."

Children will be in one room with parents in the other, going through work books and activities.

"We're lucky to have this opportunity in the area," Ms Bruschi said.

"It's a week-by-week program in the school term, which makes it easier for parents and it's very informal.

"We will just be discussing situations and providing guidance... the knowledge and brainstorming ways and strategies to implement as a whole family. It will be fun for the kids."

Program director, QUT's Professor Lynne Daniels said the response to the program so far had been encouraging.


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