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Western Isles parents are being asked to keep a look out for 'Healthy Hebridean Kids', a new poster campaign launching this month (June 2023) aimed at helping local parents, family members and carers of young children to be healthier and happier by making healthy lifestyle choices. 

Over the next few months, posters featuring local children will be run on social media, with each one offering advice and useful tips on the things parents and carers can do to encourage healthy living habits in children. 

Colin Gilmour, NHS Western Isles Head of Health Improvement and Chair of the Maternal & Infant Nutrition Group (MIN), said: “What children eat and drink during their early years can influence their future habits as they grow older. By giving our children the best start in life, we will help them live longer, healthier lives and reduce their risk of developing a range of health issues later in life.”  

Karen France MacLeod, NHS Western Isles Nutrition, Dietetic & Catering Services Manager, added: "Any parent who would like further information, advice or support with their child's eating can confidentially self-refer their child to dietetics at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01851 708279.  Our aim through this campaign is to support children to a healthier lifestyle - it is not about dieting or calorie counting.” 

'Healthy Hebridean Kids' is hosted by the NHS Western Isles MIN group, a partnership whose members include Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Action for Children and community groups, which aims to improve the health of parents, children and families.