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MELKSHAM is to become the first community area to have all of its schools engaged in the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme.
At the most recent area board meeting, cllr Jon Hubbard and the personal development education advisor for Wiltshire Council, Nick Bolton, announced that all 12 schools in Melksham will be accredited as Wiltshire Healthy Schools.
Cllr Jon Hubbard said, “This is a fantastic initiative that I’m very excited about. The project is unique to Melksham and we will be leading the way when it comes to health and wellbeing in schools in Wiltshire.
“In Melksham, 26.4% of children are obese or overweight in reception year and 29.9% of children are obese or overweight in year 6. We want to take positive action on these figures.
“Three of our 12 schools are already ‘Healthy Schools’ with Forest and Sandridge School leading the way. Those schools will be working with the rest of the schools to help them get their healthy school status.
“We hope that in 12-18 months, every child in Melksham will go to a healthy school.”