An eight-week programme aimed at helping overweight and underactive children develop a healthy approach to weight management will be held in Adare during October and November.
Hosted by the County Limerick Sports Partnership and the Health Service Executive (HSE) through the Get Back Challenge, the Way to Go Kids!’ programme will feature parent and child classes, and weekly sessions facilitated by dieticians and professional fitness instructors.
An information night takes place in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare at 7pm on 12 September for parents wishing to find out more about the programme.
The ‘Way to Go Kids!’ programme, which is already established across the United States, is the first of its kind to be launched in Ireland. It was piloted in Limerick 2011, with 50% of participating children losing weight and 25% maintaining their weight by the end of the programme.
Commenting on the programme, Sinéad Glover, Community Dietitian of the HSE stated: Way to go Kids! is an innovative programme to help get the whole family get involved in achieving a healthy attitude towards weight management. We know that getting the whole family involved improves children’s chances of being a healthy weight.
Meanwhile, Phelim Macken of the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership stated that there has been an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the programme among participants of the Pilot Scheme held in Limerick during2011.
“Parents agreed that Way to go Kids! actively encouraged their children to eat healthily and makes physical activity fun. For the professionals involved, namely the sports instructors, dieticians and parent support workers, it was a joy to run and the results were extremely encouraging. In an area that is becoming increasingly challenging it is great to be part of something that works,” Mr. Macken stated.
He continued: “This is a unique programme, helping families build lifelong healthy attitudes towards food and fitness. It incorporates exercise, nutrition and behaviour modification. Snacking, eating away from home, fast foods and physical inactivity are pertinent issues, to not only the child but the family, as a whole.”
Participating families will receive day passes for the Woodlands House Hotel Leisure Centre. One lucky family will receive 4 months free membership to the Centre.
Parents interested in taking part in the ‘Way To Go Kids!’ 8-week programme in Adare can register their interest by contacting Anne/Sinead on 061-483437/483448. All prospective participants will be screened before being accepted on the programme. Places are limited to 10-15 children.