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Sign up for a healthy lifestyle
HAMPSHIRE families are being urged to mark the start of the new school year with a promise to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.
Hampshire County Council’s health boss is challenging parents and their children to sign up to the Change4Life Smart Restart campaign when the school term starts next week.
There are five simple changes they are being encouraged to choose from, including swapping the car for walking or limiting screen time and choosing something active instead of being sat in front of the television.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst hopes that just by choosing one of the five options and sticking to it for six weeks, families will lead healthier lifestyles that will see children more aware and able to concentrate at school.
Change4Life has created the five changes to promote healthier eating and moving more, such as making healthier lunches with nutritious snacks and incorporating fun tenminute activities into their day to help build the goal of at least 60 minutes a day.
Once signed up, families will receive support from the scheme via email and text messages for six weeks from the start of term, as well as destails of special offers, competitions and virtual rewards for the children.
Councillor Fairhurst, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “By the end of summer we can all tend to slack off a bit and it’s easy to let good intentions slide.
“But the new school year is the perfect time for a new beginning and for the whole family to get fit and healthy together.
“This is a great opportunity for families to sign up for their free Smart Restart campaign and pick one healthy change for them to adopt when they go back to school.”
To sign up visit nhs.uk/change4life.
The five Smart Restart changes families can choose from are:
- Stretch your legs – encouraging families to swap car or bus journeys for walking, scooting or cycling.
- Ten-minute moves – incorporating fun ten minute activities into lives to help build to the goal of at least 60 active minutes a day.
- Screen-time switch – encouraging limiting screen time and swapping time in front of the TV, tablet or computer for something active.
- Beat the treats – encouraging families to swap unhealthy treats for healthy alternatives.
- Super lunches – help keep children going through the school day with ideas for quick and tasty lunches.
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