Children's healthy lifestyle programme begins in January
Healthy Me, Wiltshire Council's free healthy lifestyle course for children and their families, starts in Devizes, Trowbridge, Salisbury and Chippenham leisure centres from 8 January 2018.
This fun-filled programme is the perfect opportunity to put new year's resolutions into practice and help to get the whole family off to a healthy start in 2018.
The 10-week course for children aged seven to 11 and their families aims to build self-confidence and self-esteem, with sessions covering topics such as the importance of a balanced diet, being more active, label reading, and portion control; particularly sugar and fats.
As well as encouraging positive lifestyle changes, Healthy Me puts a huge emphasis on having fun and offers a mix of theory and practical elements, with opportunities to try a range of different activities, including taekwondo, scootering, boxercise, Pilates, and badminton.
John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: "Healthy Me is a really good programme for Wiltshire's children and their families. It provides the perfect opportunity to find out more about healthy eating and the benefits of being more active.
"The course puts the emphasis on having fun while learning important messages that empower families to make healthy choices.
"In its first year, the Healthy Me programme saw 75% of the children who completed the course reduce their BMI, and 85% of parents who participated also reduced their BMI. One parent lost more than 5kg over the 10-week course, which was a great example and achievement.
"I'd urge any interested families to get in touch to find out how Healthy Me can support them to be more healthy and active."