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Become healthier, happier and fitter this March

Date: 05/03/2007           Category: Public Health

A NUMBER of health initiatives to encourage young people and their parents to eat better and get fitter are being promoted by Medway Council throughout March. And anyone who joins up to a health programme in March will be entered into a free draw to win a mountain bike. Each day from Monday, 5 to Friday, 9 March, members of the council's Public Health Team will be at All Saints Community Centre in Chatham to promote awareness of the 4Life programme to parents collecting their children form the crèche and computer classes. On Saturday, 10 March Get Set 4Life will be at All Saints Community Centre from 10-1pm, Visitors will be able to have a health check and sign up to the 4Life programme; members of the 4Life team will be on hand to give information and advice. A walking group also starts on Saturday, 10 March at 10am from All Saints Community Centre. There are two walks, a 2km walk and a 5km walk around Chatham. All welcome. On Monday, 12 March there is a 4Life drop-in session at All Saints Community Centre from 11.30am to 1pm. This is the first of regular Monday drop ins to be held at the centre. Visitors can pop in to discuss health options and have a confidential one to one with a health professional. These drop in session are also a chance for new members to sign up to 4Life. Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr Wendy Purdy said: "Being fit and healthy is really important and we want to encourage our young people learn about the benefits of nutrition and exercise. "If you’ve made the decision this year to make some changes to your lifestyle, or just want to feel better about the way you look and feel, then 4Life is for you. It is a real opportunity for people to achieve their goals in fun and friendly way.” MEND (mind, exercise, nutrition, and do it) has also been launched this month. MEND aims at tackling childhood obesity and at present around 12 children, aged between seven and 13, have signed up to the programme. The children attend the group with their parents twice a week, once at the Black Lion Leisure Centre and once at Strood Leisure Centre. At the group the children have chance to learn about nutrition and take part and learn more about exercise available in the area. Ends