FENLAND: Free places offered to programme to help overweight children manage their weight

PUBLISHED: 12:46 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

A PROGRAMME aimed at helping overweight children manage their weight is restarting for another term in Fenland.  Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, 12 places on the course worth up to £400 per child are being offered to families completely free

A PROGRAMME aimed at helping overweight children manage their weight is restarting for another term in Fenland.

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, 12 places on the course worth up to £400 per child are being offered to families completely free of charge on a first come first served basis.

The MEND Programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) is part of a national initiative offering free healthy lifestyle courses for overweight 7 to 13 year olds and their families in more than 250 locations across the UK.

Fenland District Council are running courses, which start on January 19 or 23 in March, Wisbech and Whittlesey after school. Families take part in fun two-hour sessions, twice a week for 10 weeks.

The programme helps them improve their eating and exercise habits, thereby improving children's fitness, physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem..

The MEND Programme is the UK's largest healthy lifestyle programme for children, who are outside their healthy weight range, and their parents.

Rather than focusing on weight loss, the programme uses a practical interactive learning approach to teach children and parents weight management skills. This includes inspiring families to adopt a healthier lifestyle and enjoy preparing and eating healthy foods as well as reading food labels and healthy shopping on a budget.

Sarah Davies, MEND Programme Manager in Fenland, said: "The MEND programme can really change families' lives."

The limited free places on the MEND Programme are being offered on a first come, first served basis. Families interested in participating should contact Sarah Davies on 01354 622517 or visit www.mendprogramme.org and click on 'Join a MEND Programme'. Please note a parent or carer must accompany each child to every session.


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