CHAMP (Children, Healthy and Active! Multi-agency Programme) launched its winter phase of planned events on Saturday 8th December at Casemates Square.
The programme led by local professionals from across Health, Social Care, Education, Public Health, Sports and Leisure, Youth and Culture, along with local businesses and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) aims to promote healthy living for Gibraltar’s childhood population. CHAMP seeks to engage children and their carers through various planned events around the year in order to raise awareness on and promote healthier lifestyle choices in Gibraltar.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers poor weight management in childhood as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.
The event launch of the winter programme, which will run into 2019 comprised a a treasure hunt for children and families starting at Casemates, along Main Street and back via Irish Town, with multiple educational ‘quiz stops’ stationed along the route. ‘Lucky draw’ prizes were handed out to participants on successful completion of the treasure hunt. If you missed the event click here to see the Quiz Question / Answer Sheet.
Another main feature on the day was the ‘Guess how many steps?’ game. Participating children and families were asked to state how many steps it would take to complete the roundtrip during the treasure hunt, with prizes awarded to those with the nearest or correct answers.
Highlight of the day
Further, the consumption of energy drinks has been reported to be particularly detrimental to a child’s health, frequently containing high and unregulated amounts of caffeine. These drinks have been associated with serious adverse health effects, such as, diabetes, mood and behavioral issues. It is also proven to contribute towards tooth decay. To demonstrate its unwavering support towards CHAMP and its ethos, HM Government of Gibraltar published a command paper on the banning of the sale of energy drinks to under 16 year olds.