Sign up for trimmer waistlines

Youngsters in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas can finish 2010 with trimmer waistlines by signing up to a free weight management programme.Children, aged between seven and 13 who are above their ideal weight, can take part in the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It(MEND) 10 week programme to improve their level of physical activity, diet and confidence.

Youngsters in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas can finish 2010 with trimmer waistlines by signing up to a free weight management programme.

Children, aged between seven and 13 who are above their ideal weight, can take part in the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It(MEND) 10 week programme to improve their level of physical activity, diet and confidence.

It is hoped that MEND classes can help reverse the region's obesity problem with 18.9pc of reception year children being classed as obese.

Steph Edrich, MEND programme manager at NHS Yarmouth and Waveney which organises the sessions, said: “The programme has proven results in achieving a healthier weight for children.


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“Not only does the child benefit but the sessions help all the family to change their eating and exercise habits. It has also has a really positive effect on the child's self esteem.

“The problem of weight is an increasing problem and it is a case of tackling the issue when individuals are children so they can take that information through into their adult life and even onto the time when they have children.”

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The free MEND sessions are being held at Lowestoft's Kirkley High School, Beccles Sports Centre, the Shrublands Centre in Gorleston and Fitness 2000 in Yarmouth on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm.

To sign up call 01493 852207, text 07798 825145 or visit www.mendprogramme.org.

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