Kids in Calderdale are being offered free classes as part of the Upbeat Kids scheme. Youngsters between seven and 17 years of age, who are overweight, are being encouraged to attend the classes with their parents for 10 weeks. The course includes activities, exercise, sports and games as well as healthy food advice.
The scheme is organised by NHS Calderdale and Calderdale council in a bid to help families lose weight by taking more exercise and eating healthier foods. Amanda Spencer attended the course with her daughter Jaime Lee for 10 weeks. At the end of the free course, Amanda had lost weight as well as reducing her Body Mass Index and losing 7 cm from her waist. Her daughter, Jaime Lee, lost 3.1 kg in weight, reduced her body fat by 2.4 percent and lost 7 cm from her waist. Amanda and Jaime were amazed when they realised how much fat and sugar there is in the food we eat, helping them to make healthier choices in the future.
As well as providing opportunities for free activities, sports and games the sessions include advice and support to help you to make the necessary health changes in your life. Details of other sports and activities which kids and their parents can take part in are also provided. Trying to keep your kids healthy and active can be a constant battle, especially if you are unsure how to provide healthy meals. Initiatives such as Upbeat Kids are essential to give parents the support they need, as well as helping kids to make the right choices.