Children invited to get healthy

CHILDREN in the Great Yarmouth area are being encouraged to sign up for an innovative programme to help them manage their weight and take simple steps to a healthier lifestyle.

CHILDREN in the Great Yarmouth area are being encouraged to sign up for an innovative programme to help them manage their weight and take simple steps to a healthier lifestyle.

It is the first time that families living in the area will be able to take part in the MEND programme for five to seven-year-olds, which is running as one of only five pilot schemes across the country.

Designed to help parents to improve their child's eating and exercise habits, the fun, free programme aims to bring benefits to the whole family by providing useful hints and tips which can easily be included in every day life.

Run by NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney in partnership with MEND, the ten-week course will take place at Caister Junior School. Starting in May, families who have signed up will take part in weekly sessions every Monday night between 4pm and 5.45pm, where they will get the chance to prepare healthy food and take part in fun, active play sessions.


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“The MEND programme for 5-7s can really change families' lives,” said Steph Gittins, MEND Programme Manager at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

“We encourage children to try new things in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, while showing parents and carers how they can be supportive. We want the whole family to get involved in making better food choices and following a more active lifestyle, and keep the focus on practical weight management skills rather than weight loss.

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“The programme helps children become healthier, fitter and happier and we would encourage families to take the chance to improve their health by signing up for this fantastic free course.”

Places on the course are being offered to families completely free of charge on a first come first served basis.

Anyone interested in signing up should contact Steph Gittins, MEND Programme Manager for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, on 01493 852207 or visit www.mendprogramme.org and click on 'Join a MEND Programme'.

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