Health chiefs launch anti-obesity course in Dagenham

Health chiefs yesterday launched an anti-obesity course which has a record for helping tens of thousands of parents and youngsters stay slimmer.

Families with children aged between seven and 13 will take part in the 10-week Mend course at Robert Clack School in Gosfield Road, Dagenham.

They will turn into detectives to find out how to read food labels and try new, healthy foods in fun taster sessions.

Families will also find out about healthy portion sizes and will be shown the effect different foods have on their health.

Parents will have the opportunity to swap healthy tips while children try out a wide variety of fun physical activities and games. Mend – Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do It! – has helped more than 30,000 families and was developed with Great Ormond Street Hospital to tackle child obesity.

Barking and Dagenham Council is running the course with NHS funding. Places are limited. For more information call 0800 230 0263 or visit mendcentral.org.