Families urged to sign up to healthy lifestyle programme

Smile: Children with the food they prepared
Smile: Children with the food they prepared
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A family healthy lifestyle programme - SMILE - designed to support young people to move more, improve lifestyles and eat well, is being run by Preston Council.

The scheme is part of a research pilot project in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, and more recruits are needed in Preston, South Ribble and West Lancashire for the next programme.

SMILE encourages families to make the changes they want for eating well, moving more and feeling happier.

Each week there will be games and activities for children to take part in.

The programme has been developed to meet the needs of overweight children aged eight to 12, along with their parents, following consultation with families and health professionals and based on research evidence.

Preston Council’s cabinet member for culture and leisure, Coun Veronica Afrin, said: “The SMILE programme takes a novel approach and works with families to identify and breakdown their barriers to eating well and being active.

“It supports them to identify what lifestyle changes they want to make and gives them the tools to sustain those changes.”

Families can self-refer on to the programme by contacting Alison Watts on go2sportandhealth@preston.gov.uk or 01772 906187. Alternatively, parents can ask their GP or other health professional to refer them.