Kick start a healthy New Year

Oldham’s free and fun healthy lifestyle programme is back for 2014, to help families start 2014 as they mean to go on.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it) is for young people aged five to 13 years who are above their ideal weight – along with their families. Run by the Oldham’s Health and Wellbeing Service, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, it aims to support them to become fitter and healthier through a range of fun and engaging activities.

After a very successful six years, this is the very last MEND programme that will be offered in Oldham – so people are encouraged to book a place before it’s too late.

Families who take part in MEND are invited to come along to a series of sessions, where they can learn how different foods and snacks affect their health and put on their detective’s hat to find out how to read food labels.

Parents learn about healthy portion sizes and can swap tips with other families, while children try out a variety of fun activities and games.

Emma Hooson, MEND Programme Manager, said: “MEND helps families make small changes to their lifestyle that improve their health in the long-term. It offers children a great opportunity to get involved in new sports and activities, in a fun and supportive environment.

“Over the course of the programmes, it’s great to see the children become more confident, healthier and happier.” Each programme runs for 10 weeks and two sessions are held every week after school or at weekends.

The following new programmes are due to begin soon:

  • Seven to 13 year old programmes (beginning 25 January):
  • Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre: Wednesdays, 5pm to 7pm and Mahdlo Youth Zone, Oldham: Saturdays, 10am to 12pm.
  • Oldham Sports Centre: Tuesdays 6pm to 8pm and Mahdlo Youth Zone, Oldham: Saturdays 10am to 12pm. Five to seven year old programme (beginning 21 January):
  • Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre: Tuesdays from 3.30pm to 5pm. A taster session will take place on 14 January, from 3.30pm to 5pm at Shaw Lifelong Learning Centre.

To book a place, or to find out more, phone 0161 621 7128.