Bristol families who need to shift a few pounds being given a helping hand with NHS programme
Bristol families who need to shift a few pounds are being supported by a new NHS programme in the city.
Alive ‘n’ Kicking helps parents with tips for healthy eating and physical activity.
The 12-week healthy weight programme for two to 16-year-olds registered with a Bristol GP gives families the option of attending one to one or group sessions.
Each programme is tailored to meet the individual needs of the family attending.
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Louise Handford, a mother of two that attends the Scrummy Mummies group at Boing! in Lockleaze said: “I want to do the best for my family, Alive ‘n’ Kicking has opened my eyes and I have learnt about the amount of sugar in foods.
“Now I’m involving my girls and discussing with them what I am learning, it’s in our everyday life, we now look at food labels when we’re out and about. I have learnt about the hints and tips of being able to cook healthy meals.
“We’re also starting to have more family time, instead of putting the children in front of the TV, we’re doing other things, like going swimming and I’m beginning to think of health in the context of the family.”
The programme, funded by NHS Bristol, sees children split into age appropriate groups where they are supported by approachable and knowledgeable health experts who will inspire, motivate and support them and their families to develop healthier habits.
Alive ‘n’ Kicking project manager for Bristol, Hayley Hendrick-White, said: “We want families to know that small changes can make a big difference. This could be as simple as swapping white bread for wholegrain.
“We want to encourage families to spend more time together being active, whether on a family bike ride or walking the dog – anything physical as long as it is fun. Being active with your children and eating the right things are key to a happy, healthy lifestyle.”
To find out more contact the Alive ‘n’ Kicking Team on 0117 942 2602. For further information about Alive ‘n’ Kicking visit www.ank.uk.com.