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Council help families keep healthy resolutions

A scheme to help families to live healthy lives is starting for five to 13-year-olds across Hampshire from January.

The MEND programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) provides ten weeks of interactive fun sessions to promote healthy lifestyles and address overweight issues.

The programme was commissioned to help children enjoy active play sessions as well as learn with their family about healthy food choices.

Parents are invited to change family behaviours such as reducing the amount of time watching TV and setting positive goals.

Gosport mum Rachel Fisk said the programme helped her and her six-year-old daughter who attended the session at Bridgemary School.

She said: "I had trouble saying no to Lily and was giving her portions of food which were too large for her to keep a healthy weight."