06 Feb 2020

Vaughan Gething AM, Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, will today visit a Cardiff nursery to find out how a dietetic-led healthy eating scheme is promoting healthy weight for young children and their families.

The Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award has been implemented by Cardiff Flying Start and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board across a range of playgroups and nurseries. Dietitians believe that with investment early years nutrition programmes, such as this scheme, could be scaled up across Wales and help achieve the government’s aim to become the first nation in the world to see a decline in obesity rates.

While visiting Tiny Tigers Playgroup at Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff, the Minister will be launching the Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales Delivery Plan 2020-22, and announcing an extra £5.5m to back plans to halt obesity across Wales.

Lisa Williams RD, Chair of BDA Wales Board said: “We are delighted that the Minister has been able to see first-hand the positive impact that schemes such as this can have. Dietitians have an important role to play in overseeing and implementing prevention-focused nutrition interventions which give children the best start in life.”

“We are also pleased that Welsh Government is committing further funding to their ambitious Healthy Weight, Healthy Wales programme in its first two years. With further investment, successful schemes like the Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award could be accessible across Wales, and ensure that all early years settings are providing the right nutrition and eating environment for our children." 

The Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award, introduced into Cardiff in 2006, is a programme led by Cardiff and Vale UHB’s dietetic team in partnership with Flying Start and Families First Programmes and is open to day nurseries, Flying Start groups, playgroups, meithrins, childminders and after school clubs. The award enables children to access healthy options in a healthy environment that supports children’s health and wellbeing. A hundred and forty (140) early years settings across Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan currently hold the award, including 100% of Cardiff Flying Start.