healthy foodWould you like tips on making family meal times healthier? If you are a parent or carer with children aged 2-4 there are free advice sessions taking place near you from September.

The MEND 2-4 Programme, run by Medway Council’s Public Health Team offers a great chance for local families to learn about healthy lifestyle choices in a fun and creative way.

The course involves children and a parent or carer taking part in a 90-minute session, once a week for 10 weeks. Each session deals with issues that many parents face from fussy eating to temper tantrums.

There is also advice on reading food labels and encouraging children to try new fruit and vegetables, all of which builds a foundation for lifelong healthy living habits.

Places on the MEND 2-4 programme are completely free and places are on a first come, first served basis. The next course takes place at Riverside Children’s Centre, St Edmunds Way, Rainham and Wayfield Children’s Centre, Wayfield Road, Chatham.

The programme at Riverside Children’s Centre starts 1.30pm-3pm on Monday, 16 September and at Wayfield Children’s Centre 10am-11.30am from Thursday,19 September.

To register for the programme in Medway call the Supporting Healthy Weight Team, before 6 September, on 01634 33 3103 or email There is additional information on the MEND programme at