A scheme in East Kent is helping families who want more information about better ways to buy food and become more active. David Johns has been to see it in action, speaking to mum and daughter Kate and Penny Smith, and Health Specialist Beverley Falconbridge.
Mum Kate describes how hard food-buying is to keep her child healthy.
On ITV News Meridian we'll meet Kate and her daughter Penny Smith. We'll see what sort of foods are in their cupboards, what they want to get out of the scheme. Then we go to a local supermarket where we see them going down the aisles and shown the best foods to buy by the health experts.
As part of the scheme, the NHS team take families out shopping for the day to teach them about food labels and what are the right foods to buy. They consider many families' budget restraints. They then have cooking lessons with them that include all the family and get the kids involved too.
Kent Community NHS Health Trust has set up a new scheme called Ready, Steady, GO! designed to help families become healthier and more active. It's also to help them read and understand the food labels better (eg sugar, salt, fat levels etc) which can be very misleading and confusing for people