Child obesity project MEND helps 10,000th family

Child obesity prevention and treatment organisation MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition ... Do It!) has now helped more than 10,000 families with its MEND 7-13 programme.

MEND 7-13 is a 10-week after-school course tailored to help overweight and obese children from seven to 13 years old and their families learn how to manage their weight.

MEND 7-13 has been commissioned by more than 60 PCTs and local authorities. It will be available in over 340 locations across the UK this September.

The sessions focus on improving fitness, nutrition and self-esteem through fun activities and a goals and reward system.

Places are free thanks to financial backing from the Big Lottery Fund, Sainsbury's, PCTs and local authorities.

Methods include helping families cut down on high-fat and high-sugar foods. The average waist circumference reduction at six months is 4.3cm.

Paul Sacher, MEND founder and chief research and development officer, said: ‘Encouraging children and families to make the right lifestyle choices and take part in regular physical activity will over the longer term help to prevent childhood obesity.'

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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