We can Mend our obese borough!
The Mend programme – standing for Mind, Exercise, Nutrition and Do it – forms part of moves to tackle the borough’s so-called ‘junk-food generation’.
Currently 12.4 per cent of our under-18s are obese, compared to a national average of 9.9 per cent.
That’s costing the NHS in the borough £50.7m a year.
Mend was developed at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and funded in the borough by the council’s public health team.
The goal is for attendees to gradually change their way of life to achieve a healthy body weight.
The free 10-week programme of informal sports and pool-based games at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields is fun and informative.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask, recently presented a batch of certificates to youngsters who had successfully completed the programme.
She said: “I think projects like Mend are an essential way for young people and their families to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
“In these times, when people are so busy, it’s far too easy for them not to eat the right foods or introduce exercise into their daily routine.
“Healthier people, means a healthier borough.”
For further information about the next Mend programme, run by South Tyneside Council’s sports development team, call Mike Skinner on 253 1834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org