London mayor launches programme to tackle health inequalities

London mayor launches programme to tackle health inequalities

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the Healthy Early Years London programme to help children and families learn about healthy eating, exercise and social and emotional development. It forms a key part of the mayor’s new Health Inequalities Strategy.

Londoners currently face stark disparities in health depending on their incomes and where they live. Across London, the development of five-year-olds on free school meals are almost three months behind their peers.

The programme encourages children and families to eat healthy food, drink water, play outside, walk or cycle, sleep well, sing and read, and learn skills including brushing their teeth properly, as they develop behaviours that will prepare them for school and life outside.

It has been successfully piloted at 60 early years childcare providers across six boroughs and is now being expanded across the capital.