Healthy living scheme starts in the new year

HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony. Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies

HMS Duncan's commissioning ceremony. Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies

A HEALTHY eating scheme is being launched this year.

Hampshire County Council’s MEND programme is designed to help youngsters aged from five to 13 stay healthy. The 10-week scheme will run across the area, with classes on types of food and fun ways to stay active.

It has been commissioned by the health department at the council and co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Mum Rachel Fisk, of Gosport sent daughter Lily, six, to sessions at Bridgemary School run by the Gosport School Sport Partnership.

Rachel said: ‘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.

‘Lily enjoyed taking part in the physical activities with other children and trying different healthy foods. It helped me as well.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, the council’s public health boss, said: ‘Being above a healthy weight during childhood can lead to serious problems later in life.’

The scheme launches at Fareham on January 16, Havant on January 27 and May 7 and in Gosport on March 3.

For more, see hants.gov.uk/weight-parentscarers.htm




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