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Helping families to a healthy weight this January

Monday, 30 December 2013

A scheme to help families lead healthy happy lives is starting a new programme of events for five to 13 year olds across Hampshire from this January.

The MEND programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do It!) provides ten weeks of fun, interactive group sessions to promote healthy lifestyles and address issues arising from being overweight. It helps families to understand the complexities of things such as food labelling, different types of food, how much you need, and fun ways to be active as a family.

The programme, commissioned by Public Health at Hampshire County Council and co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire & IOW, is free to join.

Children can enjoy active play sessions as well as learn with their family about healthy food choices. Parents will also be invited to discuss ways to help encourage behaviour change such as reducing the amount of time their children spend watching television, and positive goal setting and rewards.

One mum who knows the value of the programme is Rachel Fisk from Gosport. Rachel and her six year old daughter Lily attended sessions at Bridgemary School run by the Gosport School Sport Partnership. "I had trouble saying no to Lily and was giving her portions of food which were too large for her to keep a healthy weight," said Rachel. "Lily enjoyed taking part in the physical activities with other children and trying different healthy foods. It helped me as well. I know more about food, including what the power foods are and about exercises we can enjoy together."

Data from the National Child Measurement Programme show that in Hampshire one in five children in Year R are categorised as either overweight or obese. This figure rises to one in four for Year 6 children.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "Being above a healthy weight during childhood can lead to serious problems later in life and increases the likelihood of developing conditions such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.

"The MEND approach is not a diet and no foods are off-limits. It simply aims to empower children and adults to become fitter, healthier and happier through a greater understanding of food and exercise, and to reach or maintain a healthier weight."

Health professionals, teachers and families can learn more about their nearest programme by contacting their local programme manager. Full details and a list of contacts.

Programmes are for families with children aged five to seven or seven to 13 years and the child must either live or attend school within the area covered by Hampshire County Council. The child must also be above a healthy weight (overweight or obese). Check your child's weight.

Families need to be able to commit to the ten week programme and have a willingness to make changes to their lifestyle. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Upcoming programmes are as follows:

Eastleigh: Begins on 13 January on Monday's from 4-6pm at Pavilion on the Park for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Wendy Sheaf or Alison Solomon, Eastleigh Programme Managers on 023 8068 4813 or email healthworks@eastleigh.gov.uk

Fareham: Begins on 16 January on Thursday's from 4-6pm at Fareham Leisure Centre for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Tom Harding, Fareham Programme Manager on 0780 0853 909 or email tomharding@slm-ltd.co.uk

Rushmoor: Begins on 17 January on Friday's from 4-6pm at the Connaught Leisure Centre for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Linda Blundell, Rushmoor Programme Manager on 07557 334155 or email linda.blundell@rushmoor.gov.uk

Rushmoor: Begins on 13 January on Monday's and Wednesday's from 4.15-6.15pm at Connaught Leisure Centre for seven to 13 year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Linda Blundell, Rushmoor Programme Manager on 07557 334155 or email linda.blundell@rushmoor.gov.uk

Winchester: Begins on 17 January on Friday's from 4.15-6.15pm at Stanmore School for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Charlotte Niblock 01962 848532 or email cniblock@winchester.gov.uk

Basingstoke: Begins on 21 January on Tuesday's from 4-6pm at Basingstoke Sports Centre for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Emma Cameron, Basingstoke Programme Manager on 01256 302249 or email Emma.Cameron@sportscentre.org.uk

New Forest: Begins on 27 January on Mondays from 4-6pm at Cadland Primary School for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Vicki Clarke, New Forest Programme Manager on 023 8028 5588 or email Vicki.Clarke@NFDC.gov.uk

Havant: Begins on 27 January on Monday's and Wednesday's from 4-6pm at Havant Leisure Centre for seven to 13 year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Sarah Moulds, Havant Programme Manager on 023 9248 8477 or email smoulds@horizonlc.com

Havant: Begins on 7th May on Wednesday's from 4-6pm at Havant Leisure Centre for five to seven year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Sarah Moulds, Havant Programme Manager on 023 9248 8477 or email smoulds@horizonlc.com

Gosport: Begins on 3 March on Monday's and Wednesday's from 4-6pm at Bridgemary School for seven to 13 year olds. To book a place on this programme, call Scott Sivier, Gosport Programme Manager on 07920 424065 or email s.sivier@bridgemary.hants.sch.uk

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