MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!
A FREE, fun Programme for Kids to become fitter, healthier and
Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure have recently started the first
MEND Programme in Northumberland which has been received extremely
positively by over 22 local families so far.
We would LOVE to hear from more families interested in joining
the next Programme, which will be starting soon.
MEND stands for - M - Mind
E - Exercise N - Nutrition D - Do it! Get
Who is MEND for?
The MEND Programme is a fun course for families with children
aged 7 to 13 whose weight is above the healthy range for their age
What does the MEND Programme do?
The Programme helps children and families manage their weight
better and lead healthier lives. It was developed by child health
experts and research shows that it really works. With the support
of their parents or carers, children learn how to improve their
health, fitness and the way they feel about their bodies.
What would we learn if we took part in a MEND
If your family joins a MEND Programme, our team will teach you
All about nutrition and
how to eat a balanced diet.
How to be more active, and show
you some clever mind tricks to help you keep up your
Our team will help you make gradual
changes so that you can stick to your new healthy
lifestyle and show you skills to change your
attitudes towards food and exercise so you
can feel fitter, healthier and happier - for
What do you do in a MEND session?
The MEND Programme is made up of 20 sessions. Each session
includes one hour of interactive workshop for children and
parents, and one hour of exercise for the children whilst parents
have an adult discussion.
How would we know if the MEND Programme had been
successful, and what happens after the Programme?
Measurements are taken before and after the Programme, and there
is follow-up contact including newsletters, reunion events and
telephone support. We are also about to run a MEND Club every week
for those that have completed the course and want to keep taking
part in fun physical activity.
How much would it cost if we decided to take part?
The MEND Programme is offered FREE to families,
as it has secured local, regional and national funding partners to
help ensure that nobody misses out on this life-changing
Where and When is the next MEND Programme?
There is a MEND Programme currently running, but the next one is
due to start soon! Please contact us (details below) if you think
you might like to join the next programme.
How can our family take part?
For more information, an informal chat or to book onto the MEND
Programme, please contact
Health and Fitness Co-ordinator (BVAL)
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
MEND also have an excellent website which you can
explore. MEND website.