A 10 week weight management programme is being rolled out to four new areas following its success, giving more Wiltshire families the chance to benefit.
The SHINE Wiltshire child weight management programme is for children aged seven to 11 years above their healthy weight.
Additional programmes are being rolled out across the county, and anyone who is interested in making changes which can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
Children who completed the pilot SHINE Wiltshire programme, which was launched in September 2014, gave it the thumbs up, and celebrated at a special event in Melksham last month.
After weekly, two hour sessions at a local school, the children celebrated their achievements at Boomerang in Melksham. They received their certificates for completing the programme, and let off some steam by playing Lazer Storm.
Maggie Rae, corporate director said, “I am delighted the course has been so successful and pleased it is being extended to other areas.
“I would also like to congratulate everyone who took part in and completed the first ever SHINE programme in Wiltshire. This is a real achievement.”
Keith Humphries, cabinet member responsible for public health said, “Here in Wiltshire, our leisure, education and health services are working closely together to give children the best chances in life.
“We are offering SHINE as an opportunity to families who would welcome some support in achieving a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle for their child aged seven to 11. This programme has the potential to make a big difference in young people’s health and consequently their entire lives.”
The summer programme dates will be released in the next few weeks.
For more information or to register, contact the SHINE team at SHINE@ wiltshire.gov.uk or Victoria Richardson on 01225 716674.
To download a leaflet or for more information please visit www.activewiltshire.org.uk.
People can check whether they, or anyone in their family, are within the healthy weight range by visiting www.nhs.uk/bmi.