Healthy lifestyle campaign as Hampshire pupils due to return to school

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FAMILIES are being urged to improve their lifestyles.

Hampshire County Council wants people to sign up to its Change4Life ‘Smart Restart’ when pupils return to school.

The scheme encourages families to make a lifestyle change for six weeks.

Championing the bid is the authority’s executive member for health and wellbeing, councillor Liz Fairhurst.

She said: ‘By the end of summer we can all tend to slack off a bit and it’s easy to let good intentions slide.

‘But the new school year is the perfect time for a new beginning and for the whole family to get fit and healthy together.

‘This is a great opportunity for families to sign up for their free Smart Restart campaign and pick one healthy change for them to adopt when they go back to school.’

The authority adds that keeping active and eating well is important for youngsters and adults to keep a healthy lifestyle.

And it said doing so helps youngsters’ bodies and brains and boosts their concentration at school.

Change4Life has made five changes, which should be followed for six weeks.

Those include making healthier lunches, swapping to healthier snacks and limiting screen time.

If families sign up to one change they will receive email and text messages of support from the scheme.

There will be prizes and a competition.