After the enormous success of the MEND (Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It) initiative in Swindon, two more programmes will start in January 2009.
MEND courses give children between the ages of 7 and 13 a chance to do fun physical activities such as games and swimming. Children also learn about the importance of healthy eating.
The sessions include interactive discussions about how to improve self confidence as well as information on portion sizes and reading food labels. Parents or carers are required to attend with children and take part in activities that will introduce a healthier lifestyle to the whole family.
Ben Humphrey, Programme Manager for Swindon’s MEND projects, commented:
"Our courses are interactive and focus on nutrition, exercise and behaviour change. They are about having a healthier, fitter lifestyle and we've had some tremendous weight-loss achievements in Swindon, but the programme is about much more than losing weight.
“The kids are very enthusiastic and enjoy themselves immensely. We have created a safe and fun environment where the kids get two extra hours of quality physical activity, while having a great time. This, along with the healthy eating education gives families the opportunity to make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes”.
The two programmes, funded by Swindon PCT, will be held at the Highworth Recreation Centre and the Link Centre, both consisting of 18 sessions. Sessions at Highworth Recreation Centre will starting on 12 January, taking place every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6pm. Link Centre sessions will begin on 13 January and are scheduled every Tuesday & Thursday from 5-7pm
Gladys Barr, Sport & Physical Activity Manager for the Swindon PCT/SBC partnership, said:
"The MEND fitness programmes are a fantastic initiative that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The programme forms part of a wider initiative Swindon Primary Care Trust and Swindon Borough Council has in place to educate children and their families about the importance of leading a more active and healthy lifestyle."
Parents are being advised to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. MEND schemes are free of charge and children will qualify based on their age, weight and health.
For further information about Swindon-based schemes or to register for places, call Ben Humphrey on: 07815 776593 or email: email@example.com
For more information about the MEND initiative, visit: www.mendprogramme.org