Get your family fit for free

Alive ‘N’ Kicking – a free course aimed at getting families active and healthy – kicks off in Merton from 7 September.

Over the 12 week course, which is run by NHS Sutton and Merton and Merton Council, parents and children will learn about nutrition, weight management and getting active and having fun – all for free.

Activities will take place at The Hub, home of Tooting and Mitcham United Football Club and at Wimbledon YMCA. Each weekly session includes fun recipe challenges, an activity programme for children and an interactive healthy eating workshop for parents.

Alive ‘N’ Kicking ran its first programme back in September 2009 with great success. Local mum Natalie Mills and her children Malaki and Khymyra Welsh attended Alive ‘N’ Kicking last term during which time Malaki lost a total of 6kg. After recently meeting the team for his 24 week appointment, after 12 weeks without classes, Malaki has kept all the weight off and has further decreased his BMI.

Malaki’s mum, Natalie Mills said: “Alive ‘N’ Kicking has changed our lives and the way we look at food and activity. My kids love the fun activity sessions and I value the knowledge gained in the workshops. Everyone’s noticing the difference in my son’s appearance, self-confidence and happiness. As a parent, his health and happiness is my number one priority so I would absolutely recommend this programme to other parents.”

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said “Programmes like this are a great way for families to spend quality time together whilst learning how to be healthy. It’s important for us all to learn about eating well and being active, whatever our age, and the council is committed to enhancing the lives of Merton residents through these kinds of health opportunities. As we have seen, families can really benefit from Alive ‘N’ Kicking and I hope that even more people will sign up for the new course”.

Dr Chris Arulrajah, a local Merton GP said: “There are lots of things we can do to keep ourselves as healthy as possible. Making small changes in our lifestyles can have a big impact on our health and well being. If we can get involved in fun courses, activities and events such as Alive n Kicking with our families, we are more likely to have the motivation to make changes to live healthier lives. I encourage people to sign up.”

To register your family for the programme call 020 8646 7795 or visit http://www.ank.uk.com for more information.

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Notes to editors:

· 4-6 year olds – Tuesdays 4 – 5:15pm at The Hub (Tooting & Mitcham Football Club)

· 7-11 year olds – Wednesdays 4 – 5:15pm at The Hub (Tooting & Mitcham Football Club) and YMCA Wimbledon simultaneously.

· 12-15 year olds – Tuesdays 5.30 – 7pm at The Hub (Tooting & Mitcham Football Club)

Press Contact:

Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 4654