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CHILDREN can learn how to be healthier and more active with a lifestyle course.

With one in three children in Hampshire above a healthy weight, the Mend (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition... Do it!) programme aims to help Gosport families become fitter, healthier and happier while having fun.

The 10-week after-school programme will run twice a week at Brune Park Community College in Gosport.

Families with children aged between seven and 13 can take part in workshops where they will learn about nutrition and how to maintain a balanced diet, and children will be able to take part in games and activities.

The course, which was developed in partnership with child health experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, also includes a visit to a supermarket where children and their parents will learn how to read food labels.

Jo Cook, Mend’s operations manager for Hampshire, said: ‘Kids love the fun activities and games, while the parents tell us that they enjoy learning about healthy eating and swapping tips with other parents.

‘As well as losing weight, kids leave the programme with more energy and a huge boost in self-esteem.’

The course starts on Monday, May 9.

If you are from Gosport and think your child is above a healthy weight and would like to sign up to the Mend programme, call 0800 230 0263 or visit mendcentral.org.