Calling all families who want to get healthier and more active – healthy lifestyle course MEND starts again this September – sign up today.

As part of National Child Obesity Week (1-7 July), the Public Health Team is encouraging families to join the free MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it) course. The 10-week course takes place at various venues around Medway and supports children aged between five and 13, who are above a healthy weight, and their families to become fitter and healthier.

After MEND, participants will receive nine months of on going support with access to other free courses, such as cookery and exercise, to help maintain new lifestyle changes.
The course helps children build their confidence, boost their self esteem as well as helping families to set personal goals to make small changes.

During the after-school sessions children learn how different foods and snacks affect their health, and find out how to read food labels. Parents learn about healthy portion sizes and swap tips with other families on the course. Children also have the chance to try out a wide variety of fun physical activities and games.

A mum from Rochester who attended MEND said: “Thank you for the changes that I have been able to make and the new relationship that I have managed to have with my daughter. I hope this will help me with my next child, and prevent the problems I have had in the past.”
With one in three children in the UK above a healthy weight – MEND was developed in partnership with child health experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital – to tackle child obesity in a cost-effective way. So far, it has helped more than 35,000 families across the country become fitter and healthier.

Independent research conducted by the University College London’s Institute of Child Health found that children who attended the MEND programme experienced long-term health benefits, including weight loss and improvements in fitness and self-esteem.

For more information on MEND or to watch videos of the sessions visit http://www.abettermedway.co.uk/mend.

To book a place on the next MEND programme phone 01634 333 741 or email mend@medway.gov.uk.

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