Mend will help more families discover a healthy lifestyle

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FAMILIES will be given help to get healthy and lose weight with a new free, fun, interactive class.

The Mend programme stands for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!

It promotes healthy lifestyles, and addresses issues arising from being overweight. It helps families to understand food labelling, different types of food, how much you need, and fun ways to be active as a family.

The Hampshire County Council programme is run by Sport Hampshire and IOW and is free to join.

Children can take part in active play sessions as well as learn with their family about healthy food.

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 goal setting and rewards.

Classes for five to seven year-olds and seven to 13-year-olds begin in Fareham, Gosport, and Havant soon.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, 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.’ Go to