Wiltshire: Healthy Advice For Families

19 April 2015, 10:07 | Updated: 19 April 2015, 10:10

Swimming Lesson

A healthy lifestyle programme is coming to more areas of Wiltshire.

SHINE Wiltshire was developed by Wiltshire Council and uses things like games, dance and swimming to encourage families to choose healthier options.

The programme specifically designed for children aged seven to 11 years above their healthy weight.

Maggie Rae, Wiltshire Council corporate director, said: ''SHINE Wiltshire has been a real life changing experience for those families attending. It's lovely to hear that the families have made progress and achieved a lifestyle change that will make a difference to their family's health. This is a real achievement.''

Victoria Richardson the SHINE Wiltshire Coordinator said: ''It's brilliant to see the programme working so well to support families making healthy changes.

''The children have worked so hard and deserve the recognition of the changes they have made from the facts and activities they have learned throughout the programme.''

The programme has been well received, with the 22 children attending, collectively losing 69.8 centimetres from their waists and 43 centimetres from their hips, losing 10.2kg.

Every family who has completed the 10 week programme, now has access to 12 months of further support from the SHINE team through a weekly maintenance programme where families can attend weekly for ongoing support and exercise together.

Four more SHINE Wiltshire programmes are available in April for families to attend, which take place as follows:

Monkton Park Primary School, Chippenham on Tuesdays from 21 April 2015

Oasis Academy Longmeadow, Trowbridge on Wednesdays from 22 April 2015.

Manor Fields Primary School, Salisbury on Wednesdays from 22 April 2015.

Clarendon Junior School, Tidworth on Thursdays from 23 April 2015.

For more information or to register, contact the SHINE team at SHINE@wiltshire.gov.uk