Video. A new study is raising fears that our obsession with obesity is masking another health crisis - our general lack of fitness. By the age of 15, children are five times more likely to be unfit than obese.
Kent County Council has to save two hundred and forty million pounds. It says cuts by central Government leave it no choice. Today councillors met in Maidstone to consider areas where cutbacks could be made.
But as Andrea Thomas reports, any choice they make will be unpopular with some taxpayers. And noisy demonstrators fighting plans to close children's centres were there to make their voices heard.
She spoke to some of those demonstrators and Jenny Whittle, cabinet member for children's services at Kent County Council.
Save Kent Children Centres Campaign has begun today, with protesters staging a demonstration after Kent County Council announced that 23 children centres may have to close.
The following Children Centres are earmarked for closure:
- Ashford- Cherry Blossom and Squirrel Lodge
- Canterbury- Apple Tree, Briary, Little Bees, Swalecliffe and Tina Rintoul
- Dartford- Maypole
- Dover- The Buttercup, The Daisy and Primrose
- Gravesham- Daisy Chains and Little Painters
- Maidstone- Loose and Marden
- Sevenoaks- Dunton Green and Merry-Go Round
- Shepway- New Romney, The Village or Folkestone Early Years
- Swale- St Mary's and Woodgrove
- West Kent- Hadlow/East Peckham, Larkfield and Pembury
Parents have been demonstrating over plans to shut several children's centres which they say provide them with a lifeline. Twenty three Sure Start units in Kent are under threat because of cuts. The council says the service will continue even if some buildings close. Tom Savvides reports.
Ten children have been so badly sunburned in the current hot weather that they have been referred to a burns unit in Sussex. Six of those admitted to Queen Victoria Hospital went on to receive specialist treatment. Doctors are advising parents to always put sunscreen on young children.
A new air ambulance dedicated to children - had its first test flight in Hampshire today. The charity-based service aims to fly babies and children to specialist hospitals all over the country - saving up to four thousand lives a year. Martin Dowse reports.
Thousands of school children are having their teeth painted with fluoride as part of a scheme to tackle poor dental health.
In total 17 schools and nurseries are taking part in Portsmouth - where rates of decay are well above the national average.
Half of all children have damaged teeth by the time they start school - and three quarters of the decay goes untreated.
But the fluoride varnish treatment isn't without its opponents. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports from an infants school where dozens of children have been treated for the first time.
Around 8,200 children from all over the world will be taking part in the trial of a new flu vaccine. The youngsters, 200 from the UK, will be between 12 and 35 months old. The Government recently announcement that children, from two to 17, will be offered annual flu vaccines from 2014.
Doctors at Southampton General Hospital are trialling a new four-part vaccine to protect children from the flu virus. It is hoped the new vaccine will be more effective in combatting the illness.