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Survey: Most East Midlands parents pestered by kids to buy junk food

Survey: More than half of parents in the East Midlands are pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new survey says that more than half of East Midlands parents with children under 16 say they have been pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV.

The study by the British Heart Foundation polled 2,000 parents in the region and found that 37% reported being badgered by their children at least once a week.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily.

The study was carried out ahead of Heart Month this February.

Now, the BHF is campaigning for the government to ban junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Regulations for TV and online advertising in the UK are weak. Loopholes in the system mean that every day millions of children are exposed to sophisticated marketing techniques specifically designed to lure them into unhealthy eating habits.

“This evidence shows that junk food ads are having a detrimental impact on children’s behaviour and are hindering parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthily."

– Mike Hobday, Director of Policy at the British Heart Foundation

Nurse recruitment drive launched by Leicester hospitals

Hospitals in Leicester have been running a recruitment drive this weekend in a bid to find more nurses.

The initiative comes after a period of intense pressure on hospitals, particularly in accident and emergency departments.

It is hoped that the drive will enable the Leicester Royal Infirmary and University Hospitals of Leicester to attract more qualified staff, especially in specialised departments like theatres.

Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson opens Oadby Leisure Centre

Former Olympic medalist Colin Jackson has been in Leicestershire to officially open a new fitness centre.

The leisure centre, in Oadby, welcomed a stream of visitors who were invited to try out the facilities for free as well as take on Colin Jackson in a fitness challenge.

The former Olympic hurdler and sprinter also signed autographs and chatted to scores of visitors during the day.

The centre, which is being run in partnership with the borough council, will also boast a new swimming pool which is expected to be finished later this year.

Nurse recruitment drive as A&E pressures continue

Hospitals in Leicester are holding a recruitment day to try and find more nurses. It comes at a time of very high pressure in hospitals - particularly in A&E departments.

Registered nurses are being invited to look round the city's Royal Infirmary and take part in workshops. They'll be conducting interviews for vacant jobs and giving advice about training opportunities.

Nurse recruitment drive in Leicester Credit: PA Pictures


Former Olympic Athlete to open Oadby leisure centre

The former Olympic athlete, Colin Jackson is opening a new leisure centre in Oadby in Leicestershire today.

The former sprint and hurdling athlete will take part in a fitness challenge and which visitors will have the chance to challenge.

Colin Jackson will officially open the centre Credit: PA Pictures

The facilities will be open to everyone to have a try. The centre has been built in partnership with the local council.

A new swimming pool will be added later in the year.

New leisure centre in Oadby Credit: Parkland Leisure Centre

Nottingham MPs hold hospital meeting over patient care

The three MPs will meet Peter Homa at Nottingham's City Hospital Credit: Emma Coles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham's three MPs have arranged a summit to discuss how the national A&E 'crisis' is affecting the city.

On January 6th, the NHS Trust which runs the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital, declared an 'internal incident' because of the sheer number of people staff needed to see and treat. As a result of the high volume of patients, the Trust had to cancel operations and clinics.

Today, Lilian Greenwood MP, Chris Leslie MP and Graham Allen MP will meet the Trust's Chief Executive to discuss the challenges that Nottingham's hospitals face.

"We are deeply concerned that the NHS in Nottingham should act swiftly with the full support of everyone in the City to meet any threats to patient care.

"We have arranged to meet with Peter Homa, the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to discuss how we bring all the local issues out into the open."

– Nottingham's three MPs
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