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Alive 'N' Kicking - 24.08.09

A new programme is launching in Sutton this September to help children, young people and their families shed the pounds.

'Alive 'N' Kicking' is a free 12–week programme designed to motivate and educate families who want to eat healthily and enjoy more active lifestyles. Child obesity in Sutton is below the national average and this scheme will help reduce it further.

Weekly workshops involving groups of parents and their children of similar ages will discuss weight management, nutrition and healthy eating. Those that sign up can try out a number of different activities and cooking workshops. Older teenagers will also benefit from one-to-one programmes. Topics covered include Shop Smart, five eating points a day, snacking, food preparation and portion distortion. 

'Alive 'N' Kicking has been commissioned by the Sutton and Merton PCT who are working closely with Sutton Council to tackle child obesity.

18-year-old Thacha Bala from Sutton is currently working with a Weight Management Practitioner as part of the programme to achieve her goals of weight loss and better nutrition. Thacha has lost 4kg since starting the programme on 21st July.

Thacha said about the new scheme:  "I would like more self confidence and now that I'm older, I'm thinking more about my long term health."

"The programme is good because my trainer Sharon works with me on a one-to-one basis and works out my difficulties a bit at a time and not altogether.  I feel that I can talk to her about anything and she's always encouraging me to stick to my targets.  She has also made me realise that losing weight is fun and is good for me in the long run."

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader of Sutton Council said:

"Child obesity in Sutton is below the national average partly due to schemes like this. But we want to do even better.  Tackling childhood obesity is a key priority and we are working closely with the PCT and our schools to promote healthier lifestyles among young people and their parents."

"This new scheme is one of the many ways we are helping families in Sutton overcome child obesity. We want to encourage families to sign up to this free service and help our children lead healthier, more active lives."

The service is open to school age children and young people living in Sutton and Merton who are over a specific weight and height (BMI) for their age. School nurses, GPs and other health professionals in Sutton can refer children to the service. Self referrals will also be considered. Families with very young children can get advice and support from their Health Visitor or their local Children's Centre. 

Any families interested in the programmes can call 0208 646 7795.

Last updated: Tuesday, 25 August 2009

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